- legacy /LEG-uh-see /
- diplomacy /dih-PLOH-muh-see /
- confront /kuhn-FRUHNT/
- symbolic /sim-BOL-ik/
- recognition /rek-uhg-NISH-uhn/
[noun] – something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time
The artist left behind a powerful legacy of groundbreaking artwork that continues to inspire.
[noun] – the management of relationships between countries
The country’s foreign policy prioritizes diplomacy as a means to resolve conflicts and maintain international relations.
[verb] – to face, meet, or deal with a difficult situation or person
It takes courage to confront your fears and overcome them.
[adjective] – representing something else
The Statue of Liberty is a symbolic landmark that represents freedom and democracy.
[noun] – agreement that something is true or legal
The international community’s recognition of the newly formed nation established its sovereignty.
The stolen artifacts include valuable items such as statues, jewelry, and ceremonial objects that hold significant cultural and historical value. Their return will contribute to the restoration of cultural identity and strengthen the understanding of local heritage in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Additionally, the repatriation process serves as a symbolic gesture of respect and recognition for the affected communities and their cultural heritage. This move by the Netherlands sets a positive example for other nations with colonial histories to reconsider their own collections and engage in similar repatriation efforts. It encourages a more inclusive and equitable approach to cultural heritage by acknowledging the rights of source countries and supporting the preservation and celebration of their cultural legacy. It is hoped that it will foster dialogue, collaboration, and mutual understanding between the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia and pave the way for a more inclusive and respectful approach to cultural heritage preservation in the future.
- How do you feel about the Netherlands’ decision to repatriate stolen cultural artifacts to Sri Lanka and Indonesia?
- What do you think the significance of repatriating cultural artifacts is in terms of preserving cultural identity and heritage?
- Do you believe that returning stolen artifacts can help rectify historical injustices and promote cultural diplomacy?
- How might the repatriation of stolen artifacts contribute to fostering stronger relationships between countries with colonial histories and the affected communities?
- Do you believe that other countries with colonial histories should follow the Netherlands’ example and engage in similar repatriation efforts? Why or why not?
- historical injustices
- cultural heritage
- ceremonial objects