Sunday, December 6, 2009

December protest

Drumbeat sounds outside UC museum for return of human remains

By Doug Oakley
Berkeley Voice

Every time her heart beats, 61-year-old Jun Yasuda thumps her drum in front of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Yasuda, a Buddhist nun from Albany, N.Y., started a four-day hunger strike Tuesday as she prays for the return of some 11,000 human remains from all over the world that are housed at the museum.

Joining her this week are people like Wounded Knee, a Miwok Indian from Vallejo and Mike Raccoon eyes, a Cherokee who lives in Richmond.

They all want the museum to give its remains back to the earth.

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