Manchester Museum Returns Works to Indigenous Australian Groups

November 21st, 2019

The Manchester Museum has repatriated 43 objects considered sacred to four indigenous groups in Australia, Art News reports, making it the first institution in the UK to embrace a repatriation program.  “We’ve always known that during the process of colonization, which is continuing today in various respects, that our cultural heritage items were removed from us, were stolen from us and taken from us,” says Mangubadijarri Yanner, who received the objects in Manchester for the Gangalidda Garawa people. “With these specific items, I can say with authority that they were taken without permission.”


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