[Federal Register: January 29, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 19)]
[Page 4328-4329]
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Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    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 Heard Museum,
Phoenix, AZ, which meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The items consist of 37 Hopi spirit friends or katsina masks
(Katsinkwaatsim). Descriptive names of the katsinum spirits are as
follows: Kipok-choshoposhyaka, Masaau, Palasuwitzmi Angak'tsina,
Chakwaina (two spirits), Tasaf katsina, Angak'tsinmana, Poiwamutaka,
Heheya, Kweo, Koyemsi (seven spirits), Wawash katsina, Qoqlo,
Angak'tsinum (five spirits), Hiilili, Ngayayataaqa katsina, tasafmana
(two spirits), Qoia kasinamana (two spirits), Lenang katsina,
Kokopelli, Hu-katsina, Angwusnasomtaaqa/Tumas, Piptaka, Hemis
katsinmana (two spirits), and Utechem.
    Twenty-seven of these Katsinkwaatsim were donated by the Fred
Harvey Corporation to the Heard Museum in 1978; including four masks
with no collection information; 11 masks collected by Henry Voth in the
early 1900s; and 12 masks collected by Charles Owen between 1912 and
1913. Nine masks are individual donations made in 1971, 1975, 1976, and
1982, and the circumstances and date of acquisition are unknown for one
    Over the years, Hopi religious practitioners have visited the
museum collections to provide religious care for the Katsinkwaatsim.
During consultation, representatives of the Hopi Tribe identified these
37 Katsinkwaatsim as specific ceremonial objects which are needed by
traditional religious leaders for the practice of the Hopi religion by
present-day adherents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Heard
Museum have determined that,

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pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), these 37 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 Heard Museum have also
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 Martin
Sullivan, Director, The Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix,
AZ 85004-1480, telephone (602) 252-8840 before February 28, 1997.
Repatriation of these objects to the Hopi Tribe may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: January 21, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-2110 Filed 1-28-97; 8:45 am]

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