Talk — The Thulu is Going Home

Museum der Kulturen Basel
Friday, 24 May

The return of the thulu, a carved tree, to Kamilaroi country in Australia, has a profound impact not only on the respective community, but also on the museum. Removed from a ceremonial ground around 100 years ago, the thulu, an ancestor to the Kamilaroi, was turned into a “museum object.” After decades spent in the museum’s collections, the thulu was reconnected with people and country in a ceremony. Now, the thulu’s return is imminent. What does the homecoming of the ancestor mean for the Kamilaroi community? What does letting go of the thulu signify for the museum? Moreover, what will the relationship between community and museum look like in the future?
This English-language talk will be given by Brian Martin, representative of the Kamilaroi community, director Anna Schmid, and curator Beatrice Voirol.


Museum der Kulturen Basel
Münsterplatz 20
4051 Basel

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