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Netherlands Returned More Than 200 Pre-Hispanic Artifacts to Mexico

Netherlands repatriated 223 pre-Hispanic artifacts to Mexico, because of the “active cooperation” between the 2 nations, Mexico’s international ministry introduced final week.

In a statement, the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), which oversees the conservation and exhibition of Mexico’s archaeological heritage, mentioned the 223 pre-Hispanic items returned by the Netherlands date from totally different durations spanning the thirteenth century BCE to the sixteenth century CE. The objects are from numerous cultures “in the west, the Central Highlands, the Gulf of Mexico and the southeast region,” it added.

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The settlement with the Netherlands is the most recent in a decided marketing campaign by the Mexican authorities to reclaim its cultural heritage from museum collections and public sale homes worldwide.

In 2018, Mexican President Andres Manual Lopez’s administration launched #MiPatrimonioNoSeVende (#MyHeritageIsNotForSale), a motion geared toward discouraging folks from shopping for and promoting pre-Hispanic and pre-Columbian artifacts by explaining their significance to Indigenous and nationwide delight. To date, the motion has assisted within the return of almost 9,000 artifacts worldwide, galvanizing repatriation campaigns in different nations affected by cultural exploitation, similar to Iraq and Cambodia.

In August, Mexican secretary of tradition Frausto Guerrero defined the motion’s motivations in an official assertion, saying the problem is about “the restitution of the dignity of those who have always been deprived and discriminated against, of cultures that have resisted 500 years and that are alive, and that deserve to be recognized in the greatness of their past.”

Guerrero mentioned the administration is working with three methods: “voluntary delivery” which raises consciousness of the topic of restitution, “seizures” by way of the legislation, and “the cancellation of auctions” of artifacts.

In November, INAH denounced a recent Paris auction that supplied greater than 60 pre-Columbian archaeological artifacts, urging it to “reflect on the ethical codes around the commercialization of looted cultural assets that contribute to cultural dispossession.” At the time, Mexican officers cited a 1934 legislation within the nation which prohibits the export of Mexican objects of archaeological significance. The laws, nevertheless, just isn’t relevant exterior of Mexico, usually leaving the destiny of artifacts within the palms of the auctioneers.

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