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Bones of Native Haida to Be Returned to Islands

March 29, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago says it will return the bones of about 160 native Haida people who lived off the coast of British Columbia.

Archeologist Jonathan Haas called the excavation an example of "science run amok," and said the bones should not have been disturbed. The Field Museum's remains, mostly skulls, were dug up during an expedition to the Queen Charlotte Islands in the early 1900s. Negotiations for the return of the remains began two years ago, after an inquiry from the Haida Nation.

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