As part of the process of colonisation, Aboriginal peoples’ burial places were desecrated in the name of curiosity, science and research.
Aboriginal Ancestors were stolen from their land where they had been placed with care and ceremony, to be housed in metal boxes as specimens or ornaments of curiosity by individuals, families and institutions.
The 1980's saw Aboriginal Ancestors start to return to rest on Country. But the journey is by no means complete and there are many more of our Ancestors still to come home. We can all walk together and help in this essential work.
Returning our Ancestors is a documentary, sharing some of this difficult but healing journey. The film was made by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, with the contribution of stories from Victorian Traditional Owners and others.
Returning our Ancestors shows us what we can do as a Victorian community to work together for the rightful and respectful return and protection of Aboriginal Ancestors, now and into the future.
Reviewed 23 June 2021