(c. 1795–11 July 1833) was a
warrior who played a key part in early
settlement and rule in the area of
Perth, Western Australia
. After he led a series of attacks in which white settlers were killed, a
was offered for his capture dead or alive, and he was shot dead by a young settler. Yagan's death has passed into
as a symbol of the unjust and sometimes brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples of
by colonial settlers. Yagan's head was removed and brought to
, where it was exhibited as an "
curiosity". It spent over a century in storage at a museum before being buried in an unmarked grave in 1964. In 1993 its location was identified, and four years later
it was exhumed
and repatriated to Australia. Since then, the issue of its proper reburial has become a source of great controversy and conflict amongst the indigenous people of the Perth area. To date, the head remains unburied.