23 Namibian artefacts expected to return from Germany next year

23 Namibian artefacts expected to return from Germany next year

A total of 23 artefacts of Namibian origin are expected to return to Namibia from Germany during the course of next year.
This is part of an agreement between the Museum Association of Namibia and the Ethnological Museum of Berlin.
Earlier this year several Namibian experts and German researchers had been at the Berlin museum to examine more than 1 400 objects removed from Namibia during the German colonial occupation of the then South West Africa from 1884 to 1919.
As part of the cooperation between the Namibian and German entitities, 23 objects were selected under a project titled, 'Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures'.
Namibia’s Deputy Director for Heritage and Culture Programmes in the ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Boyson Ngondo says the final list of objects to be repatriated to Namibia is to be determined before they return next year.
A curator of the Namibia collection at Berlin’s Ethnological Museum, Dr Jonathan Fine says the repatriation project represents the starting point of coming to terms with the collection and how to deal with it.
Dr Fine also points out that the Namibian collection is currently the most important collection Germany has to deal with at the moment.
In March this year Germany adopted its framework principles for dealing with collections from colonial contexts and part of it states that injustices committed during the colonial era must not be forgotten.