RRaD launches website, upcoming graphic novel


RRaD launches website, upcoming graphic novel

A website for the Recover Restore and Decolonise (RRaD) project pertaining to the repatriation of Naga ancestral human remains from the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, England was launched on December 6 in Dimapur.

Launching the website at the XVIII Morung Lecture, RRaD team member Talilula informed that the site was developed to share information about the process of finding and returning the remains of Naga ancestors taken by museums and collecting institutions all over the globe.

It would serve as an interactive platform where stories, images, articles, etc., would be shared with the community with the purpose of studying and networking with indigenous elders, conducting participatory action research, and generating public awareness.

Meanwhile, the RRaD team also conducted a soft launch of an upcoming graphic novel titled ‘A Path Home.’

On the occasion, author Dr Arkotong Longkumer and illustrator Meren Imchen, shared that the graphic novel is an homage to Naga ancestors. Sharing their experience of producing the graphic novel, the duo shared that it explores the stories of the ancestors and the significant historical events that have defined the past in the graphic medium.

First published in The Morung Express on December 08, 2022

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The Recover, Restore and Decolonise (RRaD) contains information and resources relating to the history and effects of the removal and repatriation of Naga Ancestral Remains. RRaD is a website that is constantly being developed and added to. Whilst we aim to only present information on this website that is appropriate for a public space, accurate and up to date, we would like to acknowledge that there are many gaps in the information shared which comes from both the historic record and our own knowledge. Please get in touch at [email protected] or any of our social media handles in our contact page, if you would like to share any thoughts or questions with us regarding repatriation, and/or if you have any comments, queries or suggestions on how we can make this website as useful and usable as possible.

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The purpose of this website is to create widespread awareness about the process of repatriation and the profound impact of colonization on Naga people. Please be warned that some of the information shared here may be distressing as they reference a problematic part of history when our ancestors were referred to as ‘savages’ and ‘inferior.’ There will also be stories of our ancestors who have passed away and their remains which were taken, researched on and displayed without consent by colonizers. We request that you take the information shared here with the gravity it deserves, and we believe that you will honour our guidelines of responsible use. 

  • Please treat the information with care and sensitivity.
  • Share and reflect on the stories to assist healing and reconciliation.
  • Support and engage in the process of repatriation of our ancestral remains.
  • Respect the knowledge shared by community members and their wishes on how it should be shared.