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Heading Home: French Law Enables Return of Maori Heads to New Zealand

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2011

Robert K. Paterson
University of British Columbia


New Zealand claims for the return of preserved tattooed Maori heads held by foreign institutions have revisited complex legal, ethical, and cultural questions surrounding human remains in museum and other institutional collections worldwide. Recent legislation in France that facilitates the return of Maori heads in French museums represents a further stage in this ongoing story.

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