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German Museum Repatriates Lakota Chief’s Shirt, Citing ‘Moral and Ethical Reasons’

Category: Collections Stewardship
Leather shirt with beaded rows on the shoulders.
Chief Daniel Hollow Horn Bear (Mato He Oklogeca)'s leather shirt. PHOTO: WOLFGANG GÜNZEL

“Even if it represents a loss for the collection and the object was legally acquired by the Weltkulturen Museum: I see the return of the leather shirt to Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear as an obligation that outweighs the formal legal situation.”

– Ina Hartwig, deputy mayor in charge of Culture and Science for the City of Frankfurt am Main

The Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt is returning a leather shirt of Chief Daniel Hollow Horn Bear (Mato He Oklogeca), of the Teton Lakota, to his great-grandson Chief Duane Hollow Horn Bear.

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