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Miawpukek First Nation attempting to repatriate the remains of two of the last members of the Beothuk Tribe

Author: 
Compiled by Debora Steel
Volume: 
33
Issue: 
4
Year: 
2015

Mi’sel Joe, Chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, is attempting to repatriate the remains of two of the last members of the Beothuk Tribe from the Scottish Government and the National Museums Scotland. Chief Nonosbawsut and his wife Demasduit died in the early 19th century in Newfoundland and their remains have been stored at the National Museum of Scotland, “final examples” of the Beothuk. Shanawdithit, their niece, was the last known Beothuk. She died in 1829. “They were stolen, they were taken, they were grave-robbing, if you want to call it that, and it’s long overdue that they come back to where they belong,” Joe told the CBC.

 

 

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