Otago Daily Times

Heads to be repa­tri­ated

- Wellington, New Zealand · New Zealand · Berlin

Welling­ton: Two mum­mi­fied Maori heads will be re­turned to New Zealand, the Eth­no­log­i­cal Mu­seum in Ber­lin has an­nounced.

The move was ‘‘a sig­nal of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion to the so­ci­eties af­fected by colo­nial­ism,’’ Ger­man fed­eral com­mis­sioner for cul­ture and the me­dia Monika Gruet­ters said in a state­ment.

Tat­tooed heads of Maori men, known as Toi moko, were col­lec­tor’s items dur­ing the 19th cen­tury. De­mand was so great in Europe that slaves and pris­on­ers of war were tat­tooed and then killed so that their heads could be sold. — AAP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand