Museum returns remains to Tonga





The remains of Princess Fatafehi, the daughter of a royal dynasty that ruled Tonga more than 600 years ago, will return home today after 85 years at the Bishop Museum.

Along with the princess, the remains of about 20 other individuals from Tongan burial sites will be escorted home by a delegation of high Tongan officials and Maile Drake, the museum's cultural collections manager, who is also Tongan.

"This is a great and right thing to do," said Drake. "In the Tongan way, they are still people. They are mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters -- all returning home in dignity."




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