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Dr. Adams Examines Santa Fe Collection of Toraja Art

Dr. Adams Examines Santa Fe Collection of Toraja Art

In late November, Kathleen Adams traveled to Santa Fe and examined a collection of Toraja materials at the behest of a curator at the Museum of International Folk Art. While there, she photo-documented a Toraja effigy of the dead, as part of a digital repatriation project she initiated over the summer, while in Indonesia. Her Toraja collaborators hope this will pave the way for locating the original sites from which these sacred effigies were stolen, and ultimately lead to full repatriation.

This project was recently featured in the headlines of the Toraja News. See: https://www.karebatoraja.com/patung-tau-tau-yang-diduga-berasal-dari-toraja-ditemukan-di-amerika/ .