July 29, 2022

Indigenous peoples want sacred items returned from Catholic museums

Author: Mary Annette Pember

Mary Annette Pember
One of the Vatican museums’ least-visited collections of Indigenous artifacts is fast becoming its most contested.
As the world’s attention is focused on Pope Francis’ visit to Canada to apologize for abuses Indigenous peoples suffered at the hands of Catholic missionaries in residential schools, Indigenous groups are calling for the Vatican to return tens of thousands of Indigenous artifacts and art held by the museums.
The Vatican’s Anima Mundi Ethnological Museum house...