Museum to return Torres Strait islanders' bones

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London's Natural History Museum (NHM) will return the skeletal remains of 138 indigenous people taken from the Torres Strait Islands in the 19th Century.

Early explorers, missionaries, and others had collected the body parts for all manner of reasons, including as curios.

Repatriation follows a long campaign by indigenous leaders who regarded the removal as an affront to local customs.

The souls of the dead had not been able to rest, the islanders said....

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