Monday, September 21, 2009

Don't auction them - give them back

They are not yours - just give them back

"The collection of 50 mainly greenstone and bone items includes pieces dating back to the 13th century close to the earliest archaeological evidence of settlement in New Zealand by Polynesians.

The collection belongs to amateur archaeologist Frances Ryman and it was once on display at Canterbury Museum. She said deciding to sell was heartbreaking, but having recently moved home she was worried about security.

There are no legal restrictions on selling Maori artefacts and unlike a cancelled auction earlier this year of a fragment of flag pole claimed to have been cut down by chief Hone Heke, there have been no complaints. "

I'm complaining about this. They are sacred items that belong to a living people. This auction is modern-day grave robbing.

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