Officials from Yale University and the Peruvian government continue to work out a final agreement on the return of ancient artifacts from the Incan site of Machu Picchu.
The Machu Picchu artifacts arrived at Yaleâ€™s Peabody Museum under an agreement with the Peruvian government nearly a century ago.Â Â In 2006, Peru's first indigenous president Alejandro Toledo threatened to sue to get them back.Â Last year, Yale announced a preliminary agreement with Peru providing for collaborative stewardship of the objects, many of which would be returned.Â This agreement was worked out with Peruâ€™s current government led by President Alan Garcia.
But in the past few weeks,Â Garcia's administration has faced criticism by those who say the current leadership is less interested than the previous administration was, in fully recovering the nationâ€™s pre-Hispanic heritage.Â Among the concerns is a provision in the agreement allowing Yale to retain possession of part of the Machu Picchu collection for another 99 years.
Luis Repetto Mahlaga is director of the Museum of Art and Popular Tradition of the Catholic University of Peru. Â
"Es incredible que la Universidad de Yale no reconozca y no actue inmediatamente sobre un patrimonio que evidentamente le pertenece a todos los Peruanos y que debio retornar."
Mahlaga says â€œIts incredible that Yale University wonâ€™t recognize and act immediately on the issue of heritage that clearly belongs to all Peruvians, and should be returned. Â
Under the preliminary agreement, Yale acknowledges Peruâ€™s title to the materials.Â A traveling exhibition of the artifacts will be jointly sponsored by Yale and Peru, and Yale will act as advisor for a new museum to be built in Peru to house the objects.