Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Aboriginal woman’s remains return to Australia after 100 years



The State Museum of Hanover , in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday , returned the mortal remains of an indigenous Australian woman who died over 100 years ago to her descendants .

A German mine leaseholder had taken the deceased woman’ s body without permission and placed it in a coffin made of bark before returning it to Germany .

In 1909, the man gave the body to the regional museum.

“ The return of their ancestors ’ mortal remains is of immense importance to the Aboriginal people , ’’ Australian Ambassador Lynette Wood said in Hanover .

The woman’ s descendants had designed a cloth with handprints and messages for her return home to family members.

The remains of 52 indigenous Australians had already been returned from Germany .

The report says Ethnological museums and collections across the country are increasingly addressing their colonial legacy .

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