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The return of an indigenous Australian ancestor from the Five Continents Museum

Appel, M, Fourmile, GG and Turnbull, P ORCID: 0000-0002-7101-1538 2018 , 'The return of an indigenous Australian ancestor from the Five Continents Museum' , Journal Fuenf Kontinente, vol. 3 , pp. 221-245 .

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Abstract

Since 1889, the mummified body of an Ancestor of the Gimuy WalubaraYidindji People of Far North Queensland has been in the possession of Munich’s State Museum of Ethnology, now the Five Continents Museum. In thisarticle, we tell of how this Ancestor was taken in 1876 at a traditional ceremonial site inland from Trinity Bay, on the Far North Queensland coast. Wealso document his display at the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879–1882, and the Melbourne Exhibition of 1884–1885, during which time he wasoffered for sale to several museums, before being acquired by Max Buchner(1846–1921), director of the State Museum, during his visit to Australia in1888–1889. We then review what ethnological interest in the Ancestor’sremains there was from his arrival in Munich to the present day, when arrange -ments were made for his return to his community for burial.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Appel, M and Fourmile, GG and Turnbull, P
Keywords: indigenous ancestral human remains, repatriation
Journal or Publication Title: Journal Fuenf Kontinente
Publisher: Staatliches Museum fuer Voelkerkunde Muenchen
ISSN: 2366-7419
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