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Māori ancestors repatriated to New Zealand by the Peabody Museum

Category: Collections Stewardship

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History worked with TePapa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) on the voluntary repatriation of kōiwi and koimi tangata (Māori and Moriori skeletal remains).

“Te Papa believes that including the returning museum’s staff in the process of repatriation is essential, as they believe it is important to acknowledge the stewardship these individuals have shown the ancestors.”

-Kendall Teare

On the morning of June 21, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History voluntarily transferred the remains of seven Māori and one Moriori tūpuna, or ancestors, to representatives from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, known as Te Papa.

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