Maori Forefathers Return Home
The remains of three Maori people, kept for 13 years in boxes in Lund, south Sweden, have been returned to a delegation from Te Papa led by the museum’s Kaihaut? Michelle Hippolite and representing the Maori population and New Zealand. The two men and one woman were found in 1876 in the North Island. After intermediate landing in London, they were placed in the anatomy department of the Historical Museum in Lund. Hippolite described the day as both sad and happy. “We are sad that they have been gone for such a long time but at the same time a new journey starts and we have the possibility to greet our forefathers welcome home again,” she said. There are still remains of at least 5 Maori in museums throughout Europe.