TITLE

A Painful Return of the Dead

AUTHOR(S)
Garfinkel, Perry
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
National Geographic;Apr2004, Vol. 205 Issue 4, preceding p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
An aboriginal was born in the mid-1800s and died as a toddler. In keeping with the traditions of her people, her body was carefully wrapped in a possum-skin cloak and laid to rest in the trunk of a hollow tree. But in 1904 an Australian woodcutter discovered the bundle. Following a coroner's examination, it was sent to Melbourne's Museum Victoria, where it remained in a cabinet for nearly a hundred years. Now the so-called Jaara baby, and the remains of hundreds of other Aborigines, have been returned to their rightful resting places as many of Australia's museums and other institutions seek to redress past wrongs with stepped-up repatriation programs. The National Museum of Australia in Canberra, which has mounted the greatest effort, has returned the remains of 573 individuals to dozens of Aboriginal communities since 2001.
ACCESSION #
12865313

 

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