Qawalangin Tribe puts ancestors to rest in reburial ceremony

Members of the Qawalangin Tribe take part in reburial ceremony. Photo from Facebook

The Qawalangin Tribe of Alaska held a reburial ceremony for 13 ancestors that had been kept in storage for decades.

The tribe received the remains in 1997 from a prominent anthropologist who was active in Alaska, starting in the 1930s. It's not clear if he was the one who removed the ancestors from their original resting places.

The tribe asked the Museum of the Aleutians to hold onto the remains, which were never put on display. The museum's executive director said the ancestors are at least 3,000 years old.

The remains were reburied last Friday, The Bristol Bay Times reported.

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