. Albuquerque Museum Returns Indigenous Artifacts to Mexico « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – Five months ago, the museum discovered the items in storage where they had been for the last fifteen years. An unidentified donor had donated the objects to the museum after originally purchasing them in the 1980s from an undisclosed dealer. After uncovering the objects, the museum’s researchers located an appraisal from 2007 that labeled the artifacts as “pre-Columbian,’ a descriptor given to some ancient objects produced in Latin American territories before European conquests. The move has come as advocates have called for cultural institutions to repatriate cultural artifacts with Indigenous roots to their originating countries.

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