Hopi sacred masks sold at auction despite tribe’s protest

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Sacred Hopi and Acoma objects are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris prior to auction. Photo by Jacky Naegelen courtesy of Reuters

Sacred Hopi and Acoma objects are displayed at the Drouot auction house in Paris prior to auction. Photo by Jacky Naegelen courtesy of Reuters

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PARIS (Reuters) The masks and sculptures are sacred messengers of the Gods to the Hopi tribe, which strongly protested their sale as art commodities.

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  • samuel Johnston

    If these objects were legally acquired, they may be legally deposed of by their owners. Claims by distant relatives, or religious cults, should be ignored. 99% of us are decedents of losers in various wars, and have had our ancient tribal cultures destroyed in the process. History is a grim tale, but happily we have more and better ways of discovering and preserving the past than ever before.
    If we wish, we can know more accurate information about our past than does/did any tribe or tradition, including those who actually lived during the period.