A whopping 1,294 pre-Columbian artifacts have been returned to Mexican authorities by American officers throughout a ceremony on the San Bernadino County Museum (SBCM) in Redlands, California on September 15.
The gathering consists of such ritual and on a regular basis objects as statuettes, wind devices, necklaces, ceramic and copper bells, arrowheads, and burial stays.
As a part of the ceremony, they have been returned to the Mexican consul in San Bernadino Itzel de Leon Villard. The restitution was a coordinated effort between the Mexican ministries of overseas affairs and tradition beneath the Nationwide Institute of Anthropolgy and Historical past (INAH), the San Bernardino County board of supervisors, and the SBCM director David Myers and deputy director Tamara Serrao-Leiva.
The occasion coincided with each Mexican Independence Day on September 16 and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month within the US from September 15–October 15. Moreover, the SBCM debuted its exhibition “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Energy, and Progress in America” on September 15.
This isn’t the primary time the museum has repatriated culturally important objects. In 2021, the SBCM returned dozens of artifacts to the San Manuel Band of Mission Serrano Indians that had been acquired with out correct provenance data within the Eighties.
As a part of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ongoing “My Heritage shouldn’t be for Sale” marketing campaign to recuperate nationwide cultural heritage objects, greater than 11,500 items have been returned to Mexico since 2018. One such current instance consists of the sale of pre-Columbian objects at a French public sale home.