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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Māori ancestral remains to return home from Swedish medical museum

Māori ancestral remains to return home from Swedish medical museum
- The Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm has two Māori skulls and a toi moko (tattooed preserved Māori head) in its collection, and announced this week it would be returning them to Te Papa.
The director of the institute's Unit for Medical History and Heritage, Dr Eva Åhrén, told Morning Report the university was very pleased to be able to finally repatriate the remains.
"We think it's a moral obligation and very important commitment for us to work together with indigenous people around the world whose remains are now in our collections."
Dr Åhrén said the remains had not been on display since at least the 1960s.