In her First Word, “African Restitution in a North American Context: A Debate, A Summary, and a Challenge” (African Arts 53 [4]: 10–15), Amanda M. Maples presents a well-researched and compelling argument for museums in North America to join together and develop a process of restitution regarding Africa's archaeological and colonial-era heritage. I would emphasize that this initiative must embrace a process of true partnership and inclusion that involves, from the start, the participation and insights of African colleagues working on and off the continent.

In 2019, I attended Columbia University's Restitution Debate symposium; I co-organized, with National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) colleagues Kris Juncker and then-director Gus Casely-Hayford, an October 22 double panel listening session to solicit ideas and strategies from invited colleagues from Africa as part of a two-day Yale-Smithsonian symposium devoted to global cultural heritage preservation; and I presented a paper on December 3 at...

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