Created September 1998
Last changed 23 January 2021
Several dozen items collected by Laves are held at the National
Museum of Australia.
The items were collected from Karajarri at La Grange, and Bardi at
The Laves objects in Canberra were originally at the University of Sydney.
- pp.120-1, Kingsley Palmer's July 1992 report Aboriginal Men's
Collection of the National Museum of Australia. Strategies for the
The Macleay Museum in Sydney have two wooden spearheads and some pearlshells collected by Laves.
The Illinois State Museum held Bardi and Jawi artefacts from 1942 to
2019. Details are in 'Return of Bardi Jawi artefacts to Country report'
linked from 'Return of Cultural Heritage project reports' https://aiatsis.gov.au/about/what-we-do/return-cultural-heritage/project-reports
'Bardi Jawi artefacts returned from the United States after nearly a century'
'ATSI artefacts to return from US museum' © AAP 2019
'US museum to return indigenous artefacts' (by Taylor Thompson-Fuller)
13 September 2019 - 5:32PM
More than 40 sacred indigenous artefacts held by an American
museum are to be returned to their traditional owners as part of a
groundbreaking cultural heritage repatriation project.
The artefacts will be returned to the Bardi Jawi people of Western
Australia and the Aranda people from central Australia after 10 months
of talks between the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Illinois State Museum.
[…] Most of the artefacts being returned were collected by linguistic
anthropologist Gerhardt Laves in northern and Western Australia between
1929 and 1931.
But the Illinois State Museum has no records of how Laves
acquired them, only that he took the objects back to Chicago
University, who gave them to Illinois State Museum for an exhibit on
Indigenous cultures in 1942.
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