Central to the mission of the Penn Museum, is the preservation of cultural heritage as expressed in the Pennsylvania Declaration issued at the 1970 UNESCO Convention.
During a Tlingit consultation visit in January 2008, Andrew Gamble, Jr. (Kaagwaantaan clan leader), Herman Davis (L’ooknax. ádi clan leader), and Tom Young (Kaagwaantaan Box House leader) donned Tlingit clan regalia, including three hats in the Penn Museum’s collections. Photo by Robert W. Preucel.
On 17 November 1990, The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was signed into law. As of 2010, 39 formal repatriation claims seeking the return of collections have been received by the Penn Museum. Twenty-four repatriations have been completed resulting in the transfer of 226 sets of human remains, 750 funerary objects, 14 unassociated funerary objects, 19 objects of cultural patrimony, 16 sacred objects and 1 object claimed as both cultural patrimony and sacred.
In October 2010, former Penn Museum volunteer Warren Kamensky made a generous donation to endow the position of NAGPRA Coordinator in the American Section, the position currently held by Stacey Espenlaub. The NAGPRA Coordinator position continues to support increasingly important initiatives, not only in the care of our collection, but also in developing and maintaining relationships with the tribes and native communities of North America.
Therese Marmion, who works in our Development Department, wrote an inspiring blog post about it.
|2008||Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawai’i Nei, the Hawai’i Island Burial Council, and the Office of Hawai’i Affairs jointly||Read More|
|2007||Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma||Read more|
|2006||Sisseton Wapheton Oyate Tribe, South Dakota||Read more|
|2005||Sac & Fox Tribe of Mississippi in Iowa||Read more|
|2003||Miami Tribe of Oklahoma||Read more|
|2002||Native Village of Kotzebue||Read more|
|2002||Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma||Read more|
|2002||White Mountain Apache Tribe||Read more|
|2002||Organized Village of Grayling||Read more|
|2000||Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon||Read more|
|2000||Sac & Fox Tribe of Oklahoma||Read more|
|2000||Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe||Read more|
|1999||Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska||Read more|
|1998||Oneida Nation of New York & Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin||Read more|
|1998 & 2000||Cayuga Nation of New York||Read more|
|1994 & 2000||Chugach Alaska Corporation||Read more|
|1991, 1996, 1997, 1999||Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawai’i Nei||Read more|
|1990||Zuni Pueblo||Read more|