Carrying Our Ancestors Home

"As UCLA moves into the next one hundred years of premier research as a land grant institution, we move forward with an intent to work ethically with, not on, the first peoples of California. It is our hope to be partners in this process as we recognize the strength, immense knowledge, vibrancy and importance of Native communities in fulfilling our mission as a public university." — Mishuana Goeman, Special Advisor to the Chancellor of Native American and Indigenous Affairs
"Community engagement is a strategic priority for UCLA. One of the best examples of this engagement is our commitment to work with indigenous communities to support NAGPRA and return cultural items to their rightful owners. Even if the federal law did not exist, repatriation is the humane and right thing to do." — Roger Wakimoto, Vice Chancellor of Research, UCLA


Welcome to the “Carrying Our Ancestors Home” project site. This is a collaborative project working to make information about repatriation from tribal practitioners' perspective and history publically available to researchers worldwide. Our collective is made up of tribal members, practitioners, activists, researchers and academics from many places, all with experience working with reburial, repatriation, and NAGPRA. On this site we have curated content about repatriation, as well as original video and (soon) blogging content. Please contact us with any questions or comments regarding this project. We are grateful to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, the Fowler Museum, Institute of American Cultures, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh, and the Association on American Indian Affairs for their support of this project.