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Native Tombs and Modes of Disposing of Their Dead by George French Angas

The information in this handbook is drawn from the experiences of communities, researchers, museums and government agencies, nationally and internationally, that have been involved in repatriation for many years. In particular, it brings together the knowledge of members of a team who worked on two projects funded by the Australian Research Council and Partner Organisation contributions: Return, Reconcile, Renew: Understanding the History, Effects and Opportunities of Repatriation and Building an Evidence Base for the Future (LP130100131) and Restoring Dignity: Networked Knowledge for Repatriation Communities (LE170100017).

The project team comprised: Ms Winsome Adam (Melbourne University), Dr Amber Aranui (Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Honorary Associate Professor, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University), Mr Neil Carter (Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre), Ms Wendy Dalitz (Australian Government: Department of Communication and the Arts), Mr Ned David (Gur a Baraharaw Kod, Torres Strait Land and Sea Council), Ms Amy Della Sale (Flinders University), Ms Annelie de Villiers (Melbourne University), Associate Professor Cressida Fforde (Australian National University), Associate Professor Steve Hemming (University of Technology Sydney), Teherekiekie Herewini (Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand), Ms Honor Keeler (formerly Association on American Indian Affairs, now Utah Diné Bikéyah, Honorary Associate Professor, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University), Dr Gareth Knapman (Australian National University), Ms Grace Koch (previously Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy (University of Melbourne), Dr Tim McKeown (Independent repatriation consultant, Honorary Associate Professor, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University), Mr Wes Morris (Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre), Mr Jacob O’Keefe (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker (University of Melbourne), Mr Michael Peters (Gur a Baraharaw Kod, Torres Strait Land and Sea Council), Dr Michael Pickering (National Museum of Australia, Honorary Associate Professor, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University), Mr Laurie Rankine Jnr (Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority), Associate Professor Daryle Rigney (University of Technology Sydney), Ms Ailie Smith (Melbourne University), Mr Major Sumner AM (Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority), Professor Paul Tapsell (University of Melbourne), Ms Julia Torpey-Hurst (Australian National University), Mr Luke Trevorrow ( Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority), Professor Paul Turnbull (University of Tasmania), Mr Chris Wilson (Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority), Ms Yvette Wajon (National Museum of Australia), Ms Imogen Wegman (University of Tasmania, Honorary Associate Professor, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University).

Comments on drafts of this handbook have also been provided by Yvette Wajon, David Kaus, Cressida Fforde and Robert Nichols.

I also acknowledge the work done by many other people to repatriate Ancestral Remains, many of whom have kindly shared their knowledge in the development of this guide.

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