L.A.-Based Foundation Will Return Auctioned Hopi, Apache Artifacts to Tribes

12/10/2013 4:26 pm0 commentsViews: 20
Hopi portraits

Hopi portraits

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles-based family foundation won a $530,000
bid on two dozen Native American artifacts auctioned in Paris and will return
them to the Hopi and Apache tribes, it was announced today.
The Annenberg Foundation bought 21 mask-like objects originating with
the Hopi Nation in Arizona and three artifacts belonging to the San Carlos
Apache tribe from the French auctioneers.
The brightly colored religious masks and dolls, made of animal skins and
other fabrics, date from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
“This is a great day for not only the Hopi people but for the
international community as a whole,” said Sam Tenakhongva, a Hopi cultural
leader. “The Annenberg Foundation set an example today of how to do the right
thing. Our hope is that this act sets an example for others that items of
significant cultural and religious value can only be properly cared for by
those vested with the proper knowledge and responsibility. They simply cannot
be put up for sale.”
The auction went on despite attempts last week to have the sale blocked
by a judge.
The trove, including the pieces purchased by the Annenberg Foundation,
earned $1.6 million for the Drouot auction house, according to published
The auctioneers said the objects were owned by a French collector, who
put them under the hammer.
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act gives
federally recognized Native American tribes a way to reclaim funerary objects
and ceremonial items from federal agencies and museums in the United States.
However, the law does not apply to items held internationally.


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