Transforming the archive: Returning and connecting Indigenous repatriation records

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The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation Return, Reconcile, Renew, 2020, 1, pp. 822-834
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This volume brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous repatriation practitioners and researchers to provide the reader with an international overview of the removal and return of Ancestral Remains. Repatriation of Indigenous Ancestral Remains does not end with their return to Country. There are archival records and associated materials that often also need to go home in some way. With archival research about Indigenous Ancestral remains often restricted to material connected to collectors, departments, and archaeological sites where Ancestors’ remains have been removed, often other archival collections that contain items relating to Indigenous Ancestral Remains are missed. Whilst these records could be important to communities, they could also be damaging to individuals who come across them by accident, such as a photo or written record. How do we identify all relevant records? What do we do when they are found? How do we protect ourselves from the emotional impact of locating these items? What protocols should apply? These are some of the questions that this chapter will investigate.
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