FR Doc E7-16775
[Federal Register: August 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 164)]
[Page 48675]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Field Museum of 
Natural History, Chicago, IL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent 
to repatriate items in the possession of the Field Museum of Natural 
History (Field Museum), Chicago, IL that meet the definition of 
"cultural items" under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d) (3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The 159 cultural items are 134 items in the Montzheimer Collection 
(FM accession 206, catalog 17277-17407) and 25 items in the Hubbell 
Collection (FM accession 1106, catalog 53215-53239). Both collections 
consist of ritual paraphernalia related to the activities of a Navajo 
Hataalii - chanter, singer, medicine man[sol]woman. Collectively the 
cultural items are referred to as jish and are used in the Nightway 
    The Montzheimer Collection was a gift to the museum from Edward E. 
Ayer in 1895. Mr. Ayer purchased the collection from A. Montzheimer, a 
collector living in ``Navajo Country.'' The Montzheimer collection 
consists of 19 bundles of feathers; 12 plume sticks;1 bundle of eagle 
quills; 1 gourd rattle; 3 rawhide rattles; 4 small bows; 1 bundle 
containing fire sticks; 1 horn cup; 2 small shells; 1 polished stone; 2 
quartz fragments; 2 jasper arrow points; 1 flint arrow point; 8 
implements of flint, wood, buckskin, stone and bone; 1 bone fragment; 1 
tin box containing blue pigment; 1 small clay vessel; 1 wooden stick 
wrapped with yarn; 2 badger feet; 1 necklace of hawk talons; 2 amulets 
of hawk and eagle talons; 4 painted buckskin masks; 1 buckskin bag; 1 
piece of buckskin; 1 small goatskin bag; 59 bags containing medicine; 
and 1 bag containing horn.
    The Hubbell Collection was acquired by the museum from E.A. Burbank 
in 1910. Mr. Burbank had acquired the items from J.L. Hubbell, a trader 
living in Ganado, AZ. Mr. Hubbell acquired the cultural items directly 
from unnamed Navajo sources. The Hubbell Collection consists of 20 
painted buckskin masks (including loose eagle feathers originally 
associated with the masks, but now unattached); 1 hump back (for 
dancer); 1 twig bow; 1 bundle of willow sticks with eagle feathers; and 
2 rattles.
    The cultural affiliation of the cultural items is to the Navajo 
Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah as indicated by museum records and 
by consultation evidence presented by the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New 
Mexico & Utah. Museum records indicate that the cultural items are 
    Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, the items meet the definition of 
cultural items and are subject to repatriation under NAGPRA. Officials 
of the Field Museum of Natural History also have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group 
identity that can be reasonably traced between the cultural items and 
the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the cultural items should contact 
Jonathan Haas, MacArthur Curator of North American Anthropology, Field 
Museum of Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 
60605, telephone (312) 665-7829, before September 24, 2007. 
Repatriation of the cultural items to the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New 
Mexico & Utah may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The Field Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah that this notice has been 

    Dated: August 8, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-16775 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]


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