Utimut: The Return of Cultural Heritage from Denmark to Greenland

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In the 1980s and 1990s, museum artefacts originating in Greenland were being
sorted, cleaned, photographed and packed at the National Museum of Denmark.
Not for a new exhibition. Not for a loan agreement. But in order to be returned to
their place of origin: Greenland. Between 1982 and 2001, approximately 35,000
archaeological and ethnographic artefacts and their contextual data were handed
over to Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu (the Greenland National Museum and Archives) in Nuuk. This process was later identified as Utimut, the
Greenlandic word for return. This partnership between two national museums,
connected through colonial ties, is the topic of this article.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationBÅÅSTEDE : The Return of Sámi Cultural Heritage
EditorsKáren Elle Gaup, Inger Jensen, Leif Pareli
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationTrondheim Norway
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print) 9788283051087
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Utimut / Return
  • Greenland
  • Cultural heritage

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