Interesting news coming out of Papua New Guinea regarding digital repatriation of ceremonial masks to the communities in New Ireland province. These masks were originally taken to Europe and Australia by colonial administrators and missionaries.
Digital repatriation can be a controversial issue, as Dr. Graeme Were from Queensland University states,
“Who wants to be given back a digital image if you’re making claims on the original artifact?“
Additionally, other concerns that can arise from digital repatriation are intellectual property rights and the issues of access and control.
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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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