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Dresden Museum of Ethnology returns ancestral remains to Native Hawaiian group. ‘Restitution is a way for healing and justice,’ says the museum’s director.

This week, the German Free State of Saxony returned Native Hawaiian human remains that had been in the collection of the Dresden Museum of Ethnology, now part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD, Dresden State Art Collections), for more than a century.

“With the return of human remains to Hawai’i… an inglorious chapter closes for the Free State of Saxony,” said Eva-Maria Stange, the state’s minister for science and art, at the restitution ceremony, which was held at the Japanische pavilion in Dresden on 23 October.

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