Tuesday, January 11, 2005

KAKAPOS - Scottish museum pressed to return Maori artefacts

In a follow up to an earlier posting, here's news from New Zealand's "Stuff".
A Scottish council is to decide today if two preserved Maori heads should be returned to New Zealand.

The tattooed heads, toi moko, are stored in Perth Museum, along with an 18th century kakapo feather cloak and about 70 other taonga (treasure), such as tools, carvings and jewellery.

Councillors on Perth and Kinross Council's lifelong learning committee are meeting today to consider a formal request for the return of the heads to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.
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