07/12/2021

Kaurna Aboriginal ancestral remains held by the South Australian Museum have been returned to Country in a Kaurna-led reburial ceremony at the Kaurna Wangayarta Smithfield Memorial Park (Wangayarta).

Kaurna-led reburial ceremony at the Kaurna Wangayarta Smithfield Memorial Park

Kaurna-led reburial ceremony at the Kaurna Wangayarta Smithfield Memorial Park

Funded by the Government of South Australia and the first of its kind in the world, Wangayarta was co-designed with the Kaurna community and will bring ancestors back to a dedicated 2 hectares of land on Country where they will be remembered and protected in perpetuity.

An example of what could be achieved with other Aboriginal communities in the future, the pilot repatriation project is a collaboration between Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC), South Australian Museum, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The South Australian Museum is the custodian of approximately 4,500 Aboriginal ancestral remains and is actively working with Aboriginal communities all over Australia to return all the old people to Country in community-led and respectful ways.