• The collection includes both everyday and ceremonial objects, such as statuettes, necklaces and wind instruments.
  • The artifacts’ repatriation commemorates emblematic dates for both nations: Mexican Independence Day and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

As part of the cooperation and friendship between Mexico and the United States, especially California, and with the exemplary collaboration of San Bernardino County, on September 15, the San Bernardino County Museum returned 1,294 pre-Columbian archaeological artifacts to Mexico. They will be repatriated through diplomatic channels in the coming days.

The repatriation of these artifacts is the result of the coordinated work done by the Mexican Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and the museum, especially the museum’s director and deputy director, David Myers and Tamara Serrao-Leiva.

The museum’s archaeological artifacts were received by Mexican Consul Itzel de Leon Villard, who commended the county and museum authorities for following Mexico’s guidelines for the recovery of its cultural heritage.

The collection includes everyday and ceremonial objects, such as statuettes, vessels, necklaces, bracelets, ceramic and copper bells, burial remains, wind instruments, tools, objects used to make clothing, and arrowheads.

The ceremony took place on September 15, a date that marks two important events: the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, which celebrates the many contributions of the Spanish-speaking community to U.S. society and history, and the commemoration in Mexico of the historic 1810 Grito de Independencia, which marked the beginning of the struggle that would culminate in Mexico’s independence in 1821.

Actions such as these are part of Mexico’s efforts to combat the illicit trafficking of cultural property and to repatriate artifacts that are part of our national heritage and are abroad illiegally. #MiPatrimonioNoSeVende #MyHeritageIsNotForSale.