Restoring the Ancestral Foundation through Repatriation and Reconciliation

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Pavilion F


Edward Ayau, Hawaiian Repatriation and Reburial Specialist, Hawaiian Community
Kamana'opono M. Crabbe PhD, Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer), Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Walter Echo-Hawk, Author, attorney, legal scholar


Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, Assistant Specialist, Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian Programs, University of Hawai'i at Manoa


  • Community Engagement, Indigenous
Indigenous advocates from Hawai'i and Oklahoma will provide their perspectives as cultural practitioners, attorneys, administrators, and activists on the importance of approaching repatriation as both a fundamental museum process and an ultimate act of shared humanity. Presenters will highlight two successful repatriations of ancestral remains from Germany and chiefly adornments from New Zealand where engaging with museum professions was not based on a legal framework (for example, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) but on issues of justice, restitution, and, ultimately, reconciliation.