Jumat, 01 Agustus 2014

Ancestral remains of 15-year-old Aboriginal girl returned to Tasmania from Berlin, Germany (ABC)

The ancestral remains of a 15-year-old Aboriginal girl have been returned to Tasmania nearly two centuries after she died.

Representatives of the state's Aboriginal community gathered at Hobart airport on Friday night to welcome home the remains of Nungarrika, from Robbins Island, who died around 1830.

Her skull had been handed over to a university in Berlin by a German sheep breeder who worked in north-west Tasmania in the 1830s and 1840s.

Two Tasmanian women travelled to Europe last week to collect the remains.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's Ruth Langford said their return last night was an emotional and joyful occasion for the community.

"It's been tragic that this young girl was taken and her head removed and sold to European scientists," she said.

"Most of us feel a little bit easier and a little bit more restful knowing at least one of them has come home."

There will be a private ceremony in the coming days to return Nungarikka to country.

In late June, the remains of three Tasmanian aborigines originally taken to London in the 1930s, were returned to the state.

The three skulls had spent more than 50 years in a Chicago museum.


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