British Museum in London has returned tribal artifacts hidden away in the archives of the for nearly 120 years. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

AP Exclusive: Tribe welcomes artifacts from British Museum

  • Jun. 5, 2018 7:35 a.m.

GRAND RONDE, Ore. — Tribal artifacts hidden away in the archives of the British Museum in London for nearly 120 years are being returned to an Oregon tribe for an exhibit at its own museum.

The 16 objects will go on display Tuesday on a small reservation in western Oregon after a decades-long campaign by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.

The intricate bowls, woven baskets, a hunting cap and other pieces were collected by the Rev. Robert W. Summers, an Episcopal minister who bought them from destitute tribal members in the 1870s and sold them to a colleague.

The colleague later gifted the objects to the British institution.

The exhibit at the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center also will include basketry collected by Dr. Andrew Kershaw roughly two decades later.

The tribal museum is in the community of Grand Ronde, about 70 miles (110 kilometres) southwest of Portland.

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