Yagan's Head

Yagan's Head

July 11, 1833 - Today was the day that the mighty Aboriginal warrior, Yagan, was shot and killed by a young British settler in Australia. He had been a thorn in the side of the British by leading resistance efforts against the influx of white settlements on his tribal lands.

After his death, Yagan's head was severed so it could be sent to claim a bounty offered by the British. Thus began a 177-year odyssey in which the head appeared in a London museum, then was buried in a Liverpool cemetery.

In 1997 the head was exhumed and repatriated to Australia where Yagan's descendants argued over its fate for ten years.

Finally, in 2010 Yagan's head was laid to rest during a traditional tribal ceremony in Australia's Swan Valley.

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