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date: 04 December 2020

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This article examines the relation of archaeology with indigenous voices and the issue of repatriation. It suggests that the indigenous peoples of the world represent a paradox because while they constitute the groups identified as the first populations of their respective areas they are also a relatively new arrival on the international scene of politics, culture, and archaeology. It explores the indigenization of archaeology and the appearance of professional archaeologists and anthropologists from indigenous communities with positions in universities and museums and discusses the conflicting views on the status of archaeologically recovered cultural heritage objects as property.

Keywords: archaeology, indigenous peoples, repatriation, politics, culture, cultural heritage objects

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