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Stolen Mijikenda ‘spirits’ return home from the US

Title: Stolen Mijikenda ‘spirits’ return home from the US
Author: Patrick Beja
Media Outlet: The Standard
Publish Date: July 31, 2019

“Mijikenda elders on Monday celebrated the return of 30 cultural artefacts stolen from the community more than 30 years ago.

(…) They were returned by Denver Museum of Natural History in Colorado following a campaign by researchers to have them brought home because of their value to the Mijikenda community.

(…) The families that owned the vigango are yet to be identified.

Dr Mohamed said 29 more cultural artefacts from the US had been lying at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport since 2014 and promised to have them released to the elders.

She called on other institutions still keeping Kenya’s cultural artefacts to hand them back.”