Mokomōkai to return home from America

By Te Kāea

More than 100 Māori and Moriori ancestral remains are set to be returned to NZ from America.

Included in the remains are 35 preserved Māori tattooed heads, two tattooed thigh skins, 24 Moriori skeletal remains, and 46 Māori skeletal remains. 

The remains stem from between the 1800s up until the 1900s, when there was a strong commercial trade in 'indigenous peoples' remains'. 

The return was based on an agreement between the American Museum of Natural History and The Museum of NZ. 

A welcoming ceremony will be held at Te Papa this coming Friday.