Repatriation activity proceeds in compliance with NAGPRA. As detailed in the statute (25 U.S.C. 3001) and regulations (43 CFR 10), the main activities include consultations with Native American groups, publication of Notices of Intent to Repatriate or Notices of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register, physical repatriation, inventory report production, co-curation, monitoring legislative or regulatory activity, and response to inquiries from students or other interested parties. The Peabody Museum uses the museum collections website (eMuseum) as a means of initial presentation of collections for NAGPRA consultation. The museum continues to refine policies and procedures for sensitive collections and to strive for improved approaches to expanding accessibility to Native American communities, whether through NAGPRA or other means.
The museum encourages groups embarking on repatriation activities to begin by consulting the Peabody's Collections Online for remote access to collections information (including images) and NAGPRA consultation.
Consultations with Native American groups under NAGPRA take several forms. Whenever feasible we arrange visits to the museum or Tribe(s) to discuss human remains, funerary objects, and potential sacred objects or objects of cultural patrimony. We also regularly engage in phone calls and written communication to address inquiries for additional information on collections, arrangements for physical repatriations and dispositions, co-curation, and web consultation through the Peabody’s online collections database. Consultations often result in requests for repatriation or for disposition of specific human remains or cultural items. Increasingly, there are opportunities to share and exchange information with tribes using digital media and community-driven data access platforms to organize and generate information about collections, traditional knowledge, and special care considerations.
Please submit all requests relating to information on the collections in writing and allow at least a month’s notice for pending visits. During the Covid-19 pandemic we recommend contacting us by email at email@example.com. Visits should not be made without prior arrangement.
Patricia Capone, Curator and Director of NAGPRA
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
11 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, Mass. 02138
The Peabody Museum NAGPRA Team:
• Patricia Capone, Curator and Director of NAGPRA, 617.496.3702 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sandra Dong, NAGPRA Coordinator, 617.495.9588 email@example.com
• Meredith Luze, NAGPRA Regional Coordinator, 617.495.9309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two forms will be requested from the tribes: a repatriation pre-visit form and a repatriation consultation form. Their full content can be found below.