[Federal Register: April 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 73)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Arizona in the
Possession of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts and
Culture, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Laboratory of
Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico,
Santa Fe, NM, which meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The five cultural items are Hopi Katsina Spirit Friends (masks),
including Nimu, Hemis, Tasap, Tassop-mu' Kwaama, and Mastop.
    Between 1900-1901, Stanley McCormick led an ethnographic and
archeological collection project to Arizona and New Mexico for the
Field Museum, Chicago, IL, during which Mr. H.R. Voth collected or
secured these five masks through Charles Owen. These masks were then
accessioned into the collections of the Field Museum. In 1932 and 1933,
these masks were purchased by the Laboratory of Anthropology, which
became part of the Museum of New Mexico in 1947.
    Accession records of the Field Museum and the Museum of New Mexico
clearly indicate these Spirit Friends are of Hopi origin from Hopi
villages in Northern Arizona. Consultation evidence presented by
representatives of the Hopi tribe and Hopi traditional religious
leaders identified these Katsina Friends as objects needed by
traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
Consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe further indicate
that the Katsinmomngwit (Hopi traditional religious leaders) are the
only rightful custodians of the Katsina Friends.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of New Mexico have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C),
these five cultural items are specific ceremonial objects needed by
traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
Lastly, officials of the Museum of New Mexico have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between these items and the
Hopi Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Dr. Bruce
Bernstein, Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New
Mexico, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087; telephone (505) 827-
6344 before May 16, 1997. Repatriation of these objects to the Hopi
Tribe may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

Dated: April 9, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-9835 Filed 4-15-97; 8:45 am]
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