Thursday, December 12, 2013

Foundation Buys Native American Items At Auction To Return Them To Tribes

As previously reported, last week a French court refused to stop a Paris auction house from selling 25 sacred Native American objects, despite objections from the American Embassy.  It was known that one of the sacred masks was purchased by the Hopi's French lawyer who intends to return it to the tribe. Now it turns out that the other items will also go back to the tribes who claim them. In a press release this week, the Annenberg Foundation announced that it purchased the remaining 24 sacred artifacts at the auction for a total of $530,000 "for the sole purpose of returning them to their rightful owners. Twenty-one of these items will be returned to the Hopi Nation in Arizona, and three artifacts belonging to the San Carlos Apache will be returned to the Apache tribe." KUOW News has more on the story.