Otago Daily Times

Heads to be repatriate­d


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

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