Oneida Indian Nation, Colgate University to Hold Ceremony for One of the Largest Single Repatriations of Cultural Artifacts in New York State History on Wed, Nov 9

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A ceremony will be held to repatriate more than 1,500 funerary objects and cultural artifacts to the Oneida Indian Nation from the collections of Colgate University’s Longyear Museum of Anthropology. As one of the largest collections of repatriated objects and artifacts in New York to date, the items transferred at the ceremony will include many different ceremonial objects and items associated with burial.

WHAT:
A ceremony will be held to repatriate more than 1,500 funerary objects and cultural artifacts to the Oneida Indian Nation from the collections of Colgate University’s Longyear Museum of Anthropology. This repatriation continues the longstanding partnership between the University and the Oneida Indian Nation and the respectful return of culturally significant objects to the Oneida people.

As one of the largest collections of repatriated objects and artifacts in New York to date, the items transferred at the ceremony will include many different ceremonial objects and items associated with burial. Objects to be transferred are dated from as early as 1600.

The ceremony is part of a series of repatriations that began in 1995 with the return of remains of seven Oneida ancestors and eight associated funerary objects. Additional repatriations are expected in the future as Colgate University and the Oneida Indian Nation continue to identify sacred and significant objects of the Oneida people within the University’s collections.

WHO:
Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative
Brian Casey, Colgate University President
James Kirby Martin, Historian and University of Houston Cullen Professor Emeritus
Oneida Indian Nation Members
Longyear Museum of Anthropology Representatives

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 11:45 a.m.
Colgate University
Chapel House

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