The Fabulous Story of The Mummified Maori Head of Rouen Museum

The Rouen Museum has just returned a severed Maori head, which has been in its collections for 150 years, to New Zealand’s Te Papa Institute. Behind this apparently insignificant piece of news lies a remarkable story.

It has its origins in the worst periods of colonial conquest, and perfectly illustrates the philosophy of relationships between the West and indigenous peoples in the 19th century.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Via Decouvertes
  • Director: Philippe Tourancheau
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: France


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