A Return to Rapa Nui
Since the 1940s, Canterbury Museum has cared for 23 taonga from Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Earlier this year, the Museum repatriated one of these treasures, a tipuna or ancestral remains, to Rapa Nui.
This was the first ever international repatriation from the Museum and the very first tipuna ever returned home to Rapa Nui. Curatorial Manager Sarah Murray provides a background to the trade of human remains around the world before considering a personal experience of the repatriation process. In this, she delves into some of the behind the scenes work at the Museum, the Māori tikanga (protocol) involved and the relationships that were developed.
A Canterbury Museum Friends Presentation
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