Virginia museum returns headdress to Alaskan tribe

Richmond, Virginia (AP) March 2011

A Native American headdress acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts more than 50 years ago has been returned to an Alaska tribe.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Kingfisher Fort Headdress was returned to the Lukaax.adi clan of the Tlingit tribe last week. The return was made during a ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, Md.

The headdress dates to the late 19th century and early 20th century. It was among 25 items acquired by the museum in 1955 from a museum in Oregon.

It’s the first item returned by the Virginia museum under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.



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