Posted: May 22nd, 2023
Repatriation of original objects and artifacts gives the aboriginals an opportunity to reconnect with their history as well as ancestors. Britain, the United States, France and other countries that have the artifacts and original objects displayed in their museums view the items as material assortments of past lives. The artifacts and indigenous objects do not have any historical or ancestral values to people who live in these countries. They use them for aesthetic purposes. The museums have for a long time ignored the claims by aboriginals that the artifacts and objects serve as a link between them and their ancestors. Curtis posits, â€œIt remains all too common to see cultural works by indigenous people treated as natural history, to be filed away with rocks and birds carcasses, rather than regarded as a vital culture in its rightâ€ (123).
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