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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (October 25, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---Three ancient Marquesan artifacts are returning to French Polynesia.

They were bought by the Ministry for Culture and will be displayed in Tahiti’s main museum.

One of the artifacts is a 2.3-meter long paddle dating back to the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th century. It may have been owned by Marquesan chief Omatooa in Fatu Hiva.

The second artifact is a 1.8-meter staff used only by chiefs.

Intricate carvings can be seen on the staff.

The third artifact is a traditional carved club. This 1.3-meter club was bought by a whaler from Salem (east coast of the United States) in 1850.

The government of French Polynesia is in the process of recovering more artifacts, which were taken overseas in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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