IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices ex­plorer de­tailed how he had found them in caves and taken them. He traced them to the Eth­no­log­i­cal Mu­seum.

He led a del­e­ga­tion to Ber­lin in 2015 and has been work­ing since then with the mu­seum and the Prus­sian Cul­tural Her­itage Foun­da­tion, which over­sees Ber­lin’s mu­se­ums, to es­tab­lish their prove­nance and or­ga­nize resti­tu­tion.

Other items col­lected by Ja­cob­sen were de­ter­mined to have been fairly ob­tained through pur­chase or trade.

Else­where, Den­mark has al­ready re­turned hu­man re­mains that were taken from the Chugach area. John­son said much work re­mains re­search­ing the prove­nance of other ar­ti­facts scat­tered in mu­se­ums around the U.S. and the world, in­clud­ing Bri­tain, Rus­sia and Fin­land.

“Some­times mu­se­ums feel that this is the end, that it’s a sad day, but this is re­ally a new be­gin­ning,” he said. “The more you work to­gether, the more you un­der­stand and en­joy the sig­nif­i­cance of th­ese ar­ti­facts.”

Prus­sian Cul­tural Her­itage Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent Her­mann Parzinger care­fully handed one of the masks to John­son at a cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day, say­ing he hoped they could work to­gether on future his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural projects.

RALF HIRSCHBERGER — DPA VIA AP

John John­son, right, of the Chugach Alaska Cor­po­ra­tion and Her­mann Parzinger, left, Pres­i­dent of the Prus­sian Cul­tural Her­itage Foun­da­tion, show a his­tor­i­cal wooden item, plun­dered from the graves of indige­nous Alaskans, dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the...

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