We urge Exeter RAMM to hand back the sacred regalia of the Blackfoot/Siksika Nation.

We urge Exeter RAMM to hand back the sacred regalia of the Blackfoot/Siksika Nation.

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Judi Binks started this petition to Peter Holland (Lord Mayor of Exeter) and

We petition Exeter RAMM to return the sacred relics of the Blackfoot/Siksika Nation to their rightful homeland at the Blackfoot Crossing Museum in Alberta Canada.
This collection includes regalia and clothing of  Chief Crowfoot, an important Blackfoot political leader who signed Treaty 7 between Great Britain and First Nations of Canada in 1876. These items were offered as tokens  to Cecil Denny, a British colonial official signatory: and sold by his sister to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in 1904 for £10.
This collection is sacred to the memory of their very recent tribal ancestors and would be curated in excellent conditions at Blackfoot Crossing.
In return, we could record first-hand a living memorial collection of traditions and stories in order to learn more about these people.
Most of the collection is locked away in a drawer in the museum. The Blackfoot people have not seen it for over 100 years.
It's time to give the Blackfoot/Siksika people back, what is rightfully theirs.

It would be a generous gesture if RAMM were to gift this collection of sacred regalia back to the care of the Blackfoot Nation. They are a living people and these items are sacred to the memory of their very recent ancestors. 

Encouragingly, museums through the Arts Council are beginning a policy of decolonisation and repatriation of sacred heritage to indigenous people. We hope that Exeter City Council will review its policy in 2020 by taking a magnanimous approach and earn the blessings of the Blackfoot Nation. 

RAMM’s Future Policy:

"In recent months, debates on decolonising Britain’s museums have intensified. The response of UK museums has been disparate, ranging from examples of unconditional repatriations to a lack of engagement with indigenous communities. Currently, the UK museum sector does not have a single, agreed protocol for dealing with repatriation requests, and at present the Museums Association has a working group on decolonisation and Arts Council England is revising its guidelines on restitution. In 2020 RAMM’s Collections Development Policy is due for renewal and the museum is reviewing its process of dealing with requests for repatriation using best practice from the sector."

 

 

 

 

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