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Te Hokinga Mai O Ngā Tūpuna: Māori Perspectives of Repatriation and the Scientific Research of Ancestral Remains.

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dc.contributor.advisor Adds, Peter Aranui, Amber Kiri 2018-11-25T21:50:49Z 2018-11-25T21:50:49Z 2018
dc.description.abstract The repatriation of human remains has been the subject of much discussion and debate, especially since the 1990s. Since then, there has been a marked increase in the international literature relating to museums, indigenous peoples and repatriation; however, this literature is mainly written from the perspective of museums and universities. Although there has been some publication of the views on repatriation of indigenous communities there is a conspicuous absence of Māori perspectives in this literature. In particular, there is a lack of Māori voice on the repatriation of ancestral remains, as well as a lack of commentary on the so-called scientific research on ancestral remains that has taken place, and continues to take place, in universities, museums, and medical institutions around the world. This lack of indigenous perspective in the repatriation literature has resulted in mainstream assumptions about why indigenous communities, such as Māori, have been so active in repatriation activities over the last 25 years. The assumptions have tended to view the motives of indigenous peoples as politically motivated and even go as far as describing them as “activist” in nature rather than motivated by cultural beliefs and imperatives. This perceived view, as well as the views of many writers in the scientific and museum professions who do not agree with the repatriation of human remains back to origin communities because of their “loss to science” and therefore humankind, has prompted hotly contested debates concerning these issues. These contested views lead inevitably to the question of consent and whether the taking of skeletal remains from burial contexts to carry out ‘scientific’ research without consent is deemed ethical by today’s standards. The primary aim of this thesis is to document Māori perspectives on the repatriation of ancestral human remains and to understand the significance of Māori ancestral human remains for descendant communities. A secondary aim is to review some of the scientific research which has been carried out on Māori ancestral remains, and to identify the benefits, if any, of that research for descendant communities. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.language.iso mi
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
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dc.subject Māori mi
dc.subject Repatriation en_NZ
dc.subject Scientific Research en_NZ
dc.subject Indigenous en_NZ
dc.subject Kaupapa Māori mi
dc.subject Restitution en_NZ
dc.subject Reburial en_NZ
dc.subject Tikanga Māori mi
dc.subject Mātauranga Māori mi
dc.title Te Hokinga Mai O Ngā Tūpuna: Māori Perspectives of Repatriation and the Scientific Research of Ancestral Remains. mi
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Maori Studies : Te Kawa a Māui en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Maori Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2018-11-16T03:17:35Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200207 Māori Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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