Repatriation of Ahayu:da: 20 years later

T. J. Ferguson

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In April 1990, just six months before the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), I conducted an interview with the Zuni Tribal Council about their experiences repatriating the Ahayu:da Zuni War Gods. When NAGPRA was placed into law, the War Gods became an exemplar of cultural patrimony. In this brief invited commentary, I reflect on the interview, the significance of the War Gods in NAGPRA, and the shifts in repatriation practices in the context of NAGPRA's 20th anniversary. I conclude by suggesting that tribes and museums have both benefitted from repatriation and expressing a hope that the new ethic of cooperation and collaboration between Indians and museum scholars that has emerged in NAGPRA's wake continues long into the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-195
Number of pages2
JournalMuseum Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Ahayu:da
  • Collaboration
  • Zuni

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Museology


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