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Going Home: Returning Material Culture to Native Communities

About the Fund

Collecting institutions and individuals from around the world hold culturally significant items that are linked to contemporary Indigenous cultures. These items are vital to preserving the cultural identity of Indigenous communities and should be returned. The Going Home Fund was established in 2022 to facilitate the voluntary return of items. It builds connections between collectors and Indigenous communities, helps determine the cultural affiliation of objects, and financially supports the actual costs associated with returns.

Key Links

  • Request Items Available for Return: Over 150 items from all over the world are available for return on the Objects Portal.
  • Request Financial Support: Funds are available to support the voluntary return of cultural objects. Native communities, cultural institutions, and individuals may apply.
  • Return Items: The Going Home Fund will assist Native communities, cultural institutions, and individuals with the voluntary return of objects to Indigenous communities worldwide. To return an object, use this form.
  • Volunteer: Couriers, appraisers, attorneys, and cultural experts are needed to help facilitate returns. Volunteer here.
  • Contribute: All donations will be matched dollar for dollar. View a list of current donors and contribute here.

Additional Links

Major funding provided by:

Mellon_Foundation
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

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