23 Artefacts to be returned on loan to National Museum of Namibia

23 Artefacts to be returned on loan to National Museum of Namibia

The 23 artefacts, that will be returned from Germany to Namibia next year, will be on loan to the National Museum of Namibia.
As part of cooperation between the Museum Association of Namibia and the Ethnological Museum in Berlin the 23 objects were selected under a project titled, 'Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures'.
The project is financed by the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Germany.
Namibia’s Deputy Director for Heritage and Culture Programmes in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Boyson Ngondo has clarified that the 23 objects will be returned to Namibia on a three year loan for further research by Namibians.
Ngondo points out that this is not a permanent restitution of the objects but should be seen in the light of the ethnographic cooperation project between the Namibian and German institutions.
The collections from Namibia in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin were mainly acquired during Germany’s colonial occupation of Namibia from 1884 to 1919.
The museum was established in Germany in the 1870s to provide a home for the collections of cultural objects from other parts of the world.