Tamaki Makau-Rau Accord on the Display of Human Remains and Sacred Objects (2005)
The Tamaki Makau-Rau Accord on the Display of Human Remains and Sacred Objects was adopted by the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) in 2006. Drafted by indigenous and non-indigenous people with expertise including cultural heritage, museums, and archaeology, the Accord provides six key principles for decision making around the display of human remains and sacred objects. Developed and proposed in November 2005 at a WAC Inter-Congress held in Auckland on the “Uses and Abuses of Archaeology for Indigenous People,” and adopted in January 2006 by the WAC Council, the Accord supplements two other WAC ethical codes that are also relevant to archaeology, museums, and the study of indigenous human remains and cultural heritage: The Vermillion Accord (1989) and The Code of Ethicsof Members Obligations toIndigenous Peoples(1990). It should therefore be seen as an additional example of development, by indigenous people and archaeologists, of guidelines to ensure consultative and...
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