[Federal Register: April 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 63)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    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 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,
MA, that meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary object'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The two cultural items are a wooden bowl and a wooden spear.
    During the 1880s-1900s, these cultural items were collected in
Hawaii by J.S. Emerson. In 1907, these cultural items were purchased
for the Peabody Essex Museum by Dr. C.G. Weld.
    According to museum documents, Mr. Emerson indicated that the bowl
was a ``very old Umeke [wooden poi bowl] found by myself in the burial
cave of Kanupa'' and the spear ``an old Koaia wood war spear of the
style called IHE Hou * * * found by myself in the cave of Kanupa.''
Museum documents and consultation with representatives of Hui Malama I
Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, Ka Lahui Hawai'i, and the Office of Hawaiian
Affairs indicate that these cultural items are unassociated funerary
objects. Conultation with representatives of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O
Hawai'i Nei, Ka Lahui Hawai'i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs also
indicates their desire to

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repatriate these cultural items based on the repatriation of human
remains and associated funerary objects from Kanupa Cave on the island
of Hawaii, HI by the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in 1997.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Essex Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii),
these two cultural items are reasonably believed to have been placed
with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as
part of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance
of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of an
Native American individual. Officials of the Peabody Essex Museum also
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between these unassociated funerary objects and Hui Malama I Na Kupuna
O Hawai'i Nei, Ka Lahui Hawai'i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
This notice has been sent to officials of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O
Hawai'i Nei, Ka Lahui Hawai'i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these unassociated funerary objects should
contact Christina Hellmich, Director of Collections Management, Peabody
Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970, telephone (978) 745-
1876, facsimile (978) 744-0036, before May 2, 2001. Repatriation of
these unassociated funerary objects to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i
Nei, Ka Lahui Hawai'i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-7985 Filed 3-30-01; 8:45 am]
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