Our indigenous persons must be hooting with great delight, once they’ve finished weeping and wailing during ceremonies to welcome the return of tattooed heads from overseas.
Whether they can tell which heads belong to which tribes is a good question.
Whether they have been reclaiming pakeha heads – it transpires – is another good question.
This account of what’s going on from an American perspective was given a year ago in USA Today:
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Even the roar of gale-force winds couldn’t drown out the weeping and wailing of dozens of New Zealand Maoris as they welcomed home ancestors.
The arrival this month of the remains of 13 Maori warriors from collections at museums and universities in England, Ireland and the islands of Guernsey, was a victory for the indigenous people of New Zealand.
For decades, Maoris from this South Pacific island have been fighting with institutions around the world for the return of an estimated 600 preserved tattooed heads known as toi moko, and skeletal remains called koiwi tangata.
The Maoris persuaded France and England to turn over some public collections, but hundreds of known remains worldwide have not come home.