A terror plot targeting the British Museum was recently thwarted, but the reasons why it became a target in the first place go far beyond the current political climate.
Rodney Kelly is campaigning the museum to repatriate the Gweagal shield, which belonged to his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
In one of the latest examples of American museums repatriating human remains, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe was given control of the 10,600-year-old Spirit Cave mummy.
An Acoma shield that was removed from a May auction in Paris that included human remains and indigenous sacred objects has yet to be returned.
To better protect sacred indigenous objects from being sold in international markets, Senator Martin Heinrich has introduced the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act with support from politicians of both parties as well as tribal leaders.
With the 200th anniversary this week of the July 11, 1816 purchase through an Act of Parliament of the Parthenon Marbles for the British Museum, members of parliament are introducing a bill that would repatriate the ancient artifacts.
This afternoon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, hosted an emergency meeting of tribal leaders, government representatives, and NGO officials to call for a halt to a Monday auction in Paris that involves human remains and sacred indigenous objects.
On August 26, the Antalya Museum in Konyaaltı, Turkey, received an unexpected package from Vienna.
Imagine this: boxes of family photos, wood carvings, landscape paintings, handmade jewelry, and other items being put up for auction.
In the past few decades, cultural institutions in the West have increasingly felt pressure to return artifacts acquired through questionable means during the colonial era.