[Federal Register: September 24, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 185)]
[Page 51785-51786]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of The Children's Museum, Boston, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of The Children's Museum, Boston, MA
which meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' under Section 2 of the
    The four cultural items are Hopi Katsina kwatsi (masks): Cloud,
Spruce Boy, Chaqwina, and Mudhead.
    In 1966, two of the kwatsi were purchased by The Children's Museum
from McGee's Art Gallery in Keams Canyon, AZ. In 1970, the other two

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kwatsi were purchased by The Children's Museum from William Bailey of
New Mexico.
    Museum records indicate these cultural items are all Katsina kwatsi
(masks). Museum documentation indicates two of the kwatsi are Zuni.
However, consultation with representatives of the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation in 1982 indicated that the two kwatsi are not Zuni.
Museum documentation for the remaining two kwatsi indicates they are
Hopi. Consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe indicate that
all four Katsina kwatsi are Hopi; and the kwatsi are regarded as sacred
objects needed by the Katsinmomngwit (Katsina Chiefs) of the Hopi Tribe
in the Hopi villages for the practice of traditional Hopi religion.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of The
Children's Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3),
these four 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.
Officials of the The Children's Museum have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), 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 and the
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
objects should contact Joan Lester, Native American Curator, The
Children's Museum, 300 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210-1034;
telephone: (617) 426-6500 before October 25, 1999. Repatriation of
these objects to the Hopi Tribe may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 14, 1999.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-24856 Filed 9-23-99; 8:45 am]

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