Missionaries and the Removal, Illegal Export, and Return of Ancestral Remains: The case of Father Ernst Worms

Cressida Fforde, Paul Turnbull, Neil Carter, Amber Aranui

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For Kind Consideration! None are better fitted than priests engaged on the foreign Missions, to collect material for scientific study, and to send the result of their labours, for further examination, to leading scientists in the respective branches. The remains of human bodies, are, above all, of high significance. The Reverend Gentlemen would, therefore, render a service of incalculable importance by collecting, when possible, all remains of skeletons, particularly skulls, laying especial stress, in their researches, on the remains of human bodies, belonging to races now dying out, Bushmen, Australians, etc. An exact indication of the race or tribe is earnestly solicited, in order to prevent errors . . . The editors of ‘Anthropos’ willingly undertake to forward to scholars and effectuate the sale of any such scientific contributions which reach them under the designation: ‘Remains of human or animal-bones’ or, ‘Animal preparation, preserved in spirit of wine’. All contributions of this nature should be addressed to: The Reverend Father W. Schmidt, Editor of Anthropos. Saint Gabriel Mödling, near Vienna, Austria. (Anthropos, Bd. 2, H. 5. 1907: 919920)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Indigenous Repatriation: Return, Reconcile, Renew
EditorsC Fforde, C T McKeown & H Keeler
Place of PublicationOxon United Kingdom
ISBN (Print)9781138303584
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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