Denver Museum Returns Artifacts to Kenyan Government

20 Feb 2014 2:51 PM | Anonymous
 

Denver Museum Returns Artifacts to Kenyan Government

Museums hoping to return stolen cultural items to indigenous tribes that may have lost them generations ago often say they are stymied by the difficulty of identifying a “rightful owner” to take legal custody of the objects. But on Wednesday, one museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, with a large collection of East African spiritual carvings known as vigango, resolved that problem by returning 30 of the artifacts to the Kenyan government.

The ceremony, in which the government was represented by three Kenyan dignitaries, came after five years of talks and a long debate within the museum, which like many institutions was reluctant to give up donated artifacts yet uncomfortable holding onto spiritual items that had likely been stolen.

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