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A guide to repatriating Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ancestral Remains

Caution: readers should be aware that this publication contains the names and images of deceased people.

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'A Repatriation Handbook' cover image with text that reads 'by Dr Michael Pickering' sitting above a detail image of the back of a bark painting. Logos for the National Museum of Australia and Return, Reconcile, Renew appear centre bottom.

by Dr Michael Pickering

This handbook is primarily intended for those people active in the repatriation of ancestral remains to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities — in particular, those who are newly engaged in such processes.

It looks at repatriation of ancestral remains from both the museum side and the community side. The practice of repatriation is developing rapidly. The handbook is a starting point for repatriation practice and the suggestions it makes are a guide only.

For more detailed information and advice on the repatriation of ancestral remains, visit the Return, Reconcile, Renew website.

Publication details

ISBN 978-1-921953-41-5
PDF, full colour, 120 pages
National Museum of Australia Press, June 2020

Cover image: Coat of Arms (back), 1963, Narritjin Maymuru, Maŋgalili, bark, 48.5 x 18.5 cm, collected at Yirrkala, National Museum of Australia

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