Invited Talk: Repatriation of the Mimbres Cultural Materials

Poster invitation

Please join us on Friday, April 23rd from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT when University Associate Professor of Anthropology, American Indian Studies, and Heritage Studies and Public History, Kat Hayes and the Managing Director of the Anthropology Laboratories, Matt Edling give a talk on the history of the University of Minnesota’s involvement with the Mimbres cultural materials and recent repatriation efforts. This talk is being hosted by the Anthropological and Mathematical Analysis of Archaeological and Zooarchaeological Evidence (AMAAZE).

In the late 1920s, Albert Jenks, the founder of the University of Minnesota’s anthropology department, led an excavation which desecrated well over a hundred Native American graves in New Mexico. Thousands of funerary objects were extracted and brought back to the University of Minnesota. In the early 1990s, the University’s Weisman Art Museum took possession of the Mimbres cultural materials. Also at this time, Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) which requires all federally funded institutions to return human remains and sacred objects to the tribes from which they were taken. Despite harsh criticism from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Weisman Art Museum is still in possession of many of the Mimbres objects all of which belong to the Mimbres culture and their living descendants. Join us to learn more about current efforts to return these belongings to the Mimbres descendants.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Date: Friday April 23rd, 2021

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.