Today, France has returned the first in a series of Mummified remains to New Zealand. The tatooed, mummified head of an 18th century Maori Warrior is on its way home after a long, drawn-out legal battle with the French Government; a move hailed by most as a step forward in relations with Indigenous Peoples and Archaeological ownership.
“This is a great step forward in a vital ethical debate over our museum collections, and above all over human remains that were at times acquired illegitimately,” said Valerie Fourneyron, Mayor of Rouen.
The head will receive further scientific attention in New Zealand before it is reburied with full Maori honors and traditions. You can read about the story in this Reuters Article.