22 human skulls looted in the 17th century returned to Hawaii

Published on November 18th, 2009 | by Admin


Sweden has returned to Hawaii 22 looted human skulls that were looted from a native Hawaiian community in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The symbolic ceremony — attended by guests from Hawaii and the Nordic countries’ own indigenous Sami population — was part of Sweden’s increased efforts to return indigenous remains collected by scientists across the world in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Swedish government in 2005 ordered its museums to search through their collections, and has since returned more than 20 human remains, mainly to Australia.

The Hawaiian skulls had been returned privately earlier Saturday so that the Hawaiian delegates could perform a ritual according to traditional customs.

Museum director Lars Amreus said he hoped the return would help “fulfill the spiritual circle” of those whose graves had been violated by the Swedish scientists.

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