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Detail of Plateau Bag (NMNH catalog no. E204234)

Executive Summary

Non-Skeletal Human Remains Requested by the Family of Mr. Jim Keki (Swanson Harbor Jim), Hoonah, Alaska in the NMNH

Region: Alaska
Associated Cultures: Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes and the Hoonah Indian Association

This report summarizes the documentation pertaining to the partial remains of Mr. Jim Keki in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Mr. Keki died in the U.S. Government Hospital in Juneau, Alaska on January 4, 1928. The remains were located through a review of the Anthropology Department's collection of non-skeletal human remains. Upon learning that the remains were present in the museum's collections, the family of Mr. Keki requested repatriation.

Archival information confirmed that these remains were that of Mr. Jim Keki. The Repatriation Office recommended that the remains be released to the descendants of Mr. Keki. These remains were deaccessioned for repatriation on April 12, 1999.

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