Maori perform a haka as Russians arrive at a fishing settlement in New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Sound in mid-1820
Tuesday 3 November 2020
Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies Research Fellow Dr Hilary Howes was today awarded a DECRA for her project Skulls for the Tsar: Indigenous human remains in Russian collections.
Skulls for the Tsar aims to produce the first detailed investigation of the acquisition of Indigenous human remains from Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific by the Russian Empire during the long 19th century. It expects to generate new knowledge about Imperial Russia's scientific networks, anthropological collections and underlying intellectual traditions. Expected outcomes include a better understanding of Russian perceptions of Indigenous peoples and the development of a new way of writing histories about the collecting of Indigenous human remains. Working directly with affected communities, this project should provide significant benefits to Indigenous peoples seeking the return of their ancestors' remains from overseas institutions.
The Australian Research Council's announcement contains further details about the successful DECRA projects.
Congratulations Hilary and all other successful applicants!