Skip to main content

Using a stealth bidding process, the New York Times reports, the Annenberg Foundation has successfully out bid private collectors for 22 Hopi religious objects which they will repatriate to the tribe. They were unsuccessful in obtaining 3 undescribed San Carlos Apache items and two of the Hopi items.  

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona and the U.S. Government had made legal efforts to stop the sale, but when they failed, the foundation came up with a plan to buy the entire lot by phone without revealing their identify. No one else was told about it, including the Hopis, to make sure the project was completely concealed.

A budget of up to one million dollars was established; the final price was $530,695. During the auction, Marshall and Veronique Parke also successfully bid on a Hopi headdress through a proxy, in a separate effort to return something to the tribe.

The Hopis will make their own plans, of course, for what happens to these things once they have been returned. They are not objects to be displayed and we cannot expect to see them in a museum.

While I was thrilled to read this story, part of me wishes it had not been revealed in case that hampers future efforts to do something similar.

http://www.nytimes.com/...

Originally posted to susans on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM PST.

Also republished by Native American Netroots.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site