The ancestral remains of 37 indigenous people will be returned to Australia from
Narungga community representatives from South Australia, Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin, travelled to the UK to attend the handover ceremony on Tuesday night.
They received the remains of an ancestor which will be kept at the South Australian Museum until the community is ready to conduct a reburial ceremony.
South Australia Narungga community elders, Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin, travelled to London for a smoke ceremony marking a handover of ancestral remains (pictured)
The SA Museum will also look after another seven repatriated ancestral remains.
The remaining 29 ancestral remains will go to the National Museum of Australia until the Ngarrindjeri, Far West Coast, Kaurna and Flinders Ranges communities are ready to lay them to rest.
‘This return is a significant event for our country,’ Arts Minister Mitch Fifield said in a statement.
He said the indigenous repatriation program had led to the return of more than 1,480 ancestral remains, including more than 1200 from the UK.
Mr Milera told ABC News that the ‘healing can start’ following the historic exchange.
Mr Milera signs documents to officially mark the handover. Australian High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis and Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon attended the ceremony
Mr Milera shakes Mr Brandis’ before the ceremony. Over 1,200 ancestral bodies have been returned from the UK under the Indigenous Repatriation Program