Tonight with Lester Podcast

Human remains in Museums


Guest : Dr Bongani Ndhlovu

On Thursday evening we had a discussion about the Khoi San exhibit that was removed
from public display in 2001, Dr Wendy Black and Dr Bongani Ndhlovu from Iziko
Museums were our guests, tonight we welcome back Dr Ndhlovu who is the Executive
Director Core Functions at Iziko Musuem for more on this topic
The repatriation and reburial of Sarah Baartman increased public awareness of past
atrocities on the indigenous peoples of South Africa. Many people are not aware that
museums house unethically collected human remains of many indigenous peoples
collected under questionable circumstances. The remains of these people await
repatriation and although repatriation is a museums’ objective, there are many
obstacles.
There was previously an exhibition that contained the empty boxes which currently
house human remains within the Iziko collections as well as that of the crate which
housed the coffin of Sarah Baartman.

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