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Samis Want Bones Returned from Swedish Museums

Published fredag 20 mars 2009 kl 13.24

A Sami cultural worker of the reindeer-raising people of northern Lappland has handed over 1,000 names of prominent Swedes to the minister of culture – demanding that the skulls and skeletons of Sami people be returned from different museums in this Nordic nation.

Rose-Marie Huuva insists that her Sami ancestors should be buried in the ground with proper funeral services like every one else - rather than lye on museum display shelves.

She also adds that ever since she started her name-gathering campaign, she feels that some of the museums are trying to trick her - by claiming that they are no longer sure if those bones are really Samis despite the labels.

The oldest peoples of Europe, the Samis have populated the far northern regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and northwest Russia.

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