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Karl May Museum hangs on to Native American scalp


Despite a media controversy, appeals from German celebrities and lengthy talks with Native American representatives, the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, eastern Germany, remains reluctant to return a Native American scalp in its collection.

This is according to an interim report commissioned by the museum to look into the origins of the scalp, published in December. The report was sent to the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and said that the museum believes there is no solid evidence of the story of the acquisition of the scalp - written by the museum's own co-founder and former director Patty Frank - so there was no way of ascertaining which tribe it belonged to. Until the controversy began, the museum itself had been advertising the scalp as being Ojibwe, another name for the Chippewa Indians.


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