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Carrying Our Ancestors Home

Carrying Our Ancestors Home, a project founded by UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center and the Fowler Museum under the directorship of Mishuana Goeman and Wendy Teeter, seeks to illuminate previously unengaged practices and infrastructure behind the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and how Native people regard various aspects of the law, and the work they do to enact and enforce fair practices concerning their communities. To achieve this goal, we have collaborated with native cultural practitioners, tribal members, professionals, and academics in the Southern California area; together we created an educational resource webpage focused on repatriation of ancestral remains and cultural items. We have produced original materials in the form of short videos on what repatriation looks like from the perspective of tribal practitioners, institutional managers of NAGPRA, and those working on legal compliance. We are grateful to our UCLA sponsors: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, Vice Chancellor of Research Roger Wakimoto, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Darnell M. Hunt, as well as tribal partners from across the world.

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