Last year, in February 2008, the Musée du Quai Branly held a symposium on human remains in museums. I’ve been working my way through the transcript of the symposium, because it all seems a bit hypocritical to me. After all, as far as I know the museum still refuses to return Maori warrior heads in its collection, despite the requests of the Te Papa museum. I’m curious about how Michael Brown can say the following
With few exceptions, the existence of the remains of indigenous people in the world’s metropolitan museums is a shameful vestige of colonialism and a continuing affront to human dignity.
in such a context, and I commend him for it.
Press release about the symposium (in French)
Full transcript of the symposium (in French, English and Maori)