Scientific research, museum collections, and the rights of ownership
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This article examines the question of how can museum professionals and the interested public resolve the competing claims of traditional ownership and continuing scientific research in relation to museum collections.
Keywordsmuseums repatriation Native Americans and Native Hawaiians traditional ownership archaeology/anthropology research belief systems
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