Helpful Links

Native Appropriations
A site by Professor Adrienne Keene that is a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.

Who Owns Native Culture?
The web supplement for the book by Michael Brown, Who Owns Native Culture (Harvard University Press, 2003) framed as an “informal clearing house for information on efforts to defend indigenous cultural and intellectual property from unwanted appropriation by others.” Archived since 2014.

Illicit Cultural Property.
Blog run by Dr Derek Fincham with regular updates on thefts, antiquities looting, and legal developments in the field.

International Journal of Cultural Property
The International Journal of Cultural Property provides a vital, international, and multidisciplinary forum for the broad spectrum of views surrounding cultural property, cultural heritage, and related issues. Its mission is to develop new ways of dealing with cultural property debates, to be a venue for the proposal or enumeration of pragmatic policy suggestions, and to be accessible to a wide audience of professionals, academics, and lay readers. This peer-reviewed journal publishes original research papers, case notes, documents of record, chronicles, conference reports, and book reviews. Contributions come from the wide variety of fields implicated in the debates – law, anthropology, public policy, archaeology, art history, preservation, ethics, economics, and museum, tourism, and heritage studies – and from a variety of perspectives and interests – indigenous, Western, and non-Western; academic, professional and amateur; and consumers and producers – to promote meaningful discussion of the complexities, competing values, and other concerns that form the environment within which these disputes exist.

Saving Antiquities for Everyone
US-based non-profit raising awareness about the destruction and illicit trafficking of cultural property.

Looting Matters
Site run by David Gill dedicated to discussion of the archaeological ethics surrounding the collecting of antiques and archaeological material.

American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation
An intercultural partnership and foundation dedicating to creating an ethical market for Native American Artifacts. Founded by Elizbeth Sackler.

Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage
A seven-year international research initiative (2006–2016) based at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada. Our work explores the rights, values, and responsibilities of material culture, cultural knowledge and the practice of heritage research. IPinCH is a collaboration of scholars, students, heritage professionals, community members, policy makers, and Indigenous organizations across the globe.

Interpol stolen art database
A database of stolen works of art combines descriptions and pictures of around 49,000 items (as at 1 September 2016).

The Art Loss Register
The world’s largest database of stolen art, The origin of the ALR was The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), a not-for-profit organisation based in New York. In an attempt to deter international art theft, IFAR established an art theft archive in 1976 and began publishing the “Stolen Art Alert”. The ALR is now a private company, established in London in 1990.

Lost Art Internet Database
The Lost Art Database is run by the Koordinierungsstelle Magdeburg, Germany’s central office for the documentation of lost cultural property. It was set up jointly by the Government and the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany and registers cultural objects which as a result of persecution under the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War were relocated, moved or seized, especially from Jewish owners.