Aboriginal Smoking ceremony marks return of remains
Four Australian Aboriginal people in traditional dress have carried out a cleansing ritual at the University to mark the return of human remains to their homeland.
We are very happy that through returning these remains we are able to build a new relationship with the indigenous people of Australia.
The members of the Ngarrindjeri people burned eucalyptus leaves in front of the McEwan Hall in a 'smoking' ceremony.
The ritual completes a decade-long process that has seen remains held in the University's collection returned to Aboriginal peoples.
The Ngarrindjeri delegation is in Edinburgh for the handover of a minute bone from the ear of an Aboriginal woman.
The remains were acquired by the University over a hundred years ago, when Australia was a British colony.
Over the past decade we have been returning human remains to the Aboriginal cultures from which they came.