[Federal Register: March 4, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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 Arizona State
Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, which meet the definition of
``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items are two Hopi spirit friends or katsina masks
worn in Katsina dances. The spirit friends are known as Niman and
Heheya.
    In 1929, the spirit friend Niman was donated to the Arizona State
Museum by an anonymous donor. The museum's accession information states
this spirit friend was collected from the Hopi Pueblos. In 1964, the
spirit friend Heheya was donated to the Arizona State Museum by the
Arizona Pioneers Historical Society. The cultural affiliation of these
cultural items is clearly Hopi as documented in museum records and
verified by the Katsinmomngwit (traditional religious leaders) of the
Hopi Tribe. During consultation, the Katsinmomngwit and representatives
of the Hopi Tribe identified these two katsina masks 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 Arizona
State Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C),
these two 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 Arizona State 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 cultural items
and the Hopi Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe and the
Pueblo of Zuni. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Nancy Odegaard, Acting Curator of Collections, Arizona State Museum,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, telephone (520) 621-6314
before April 3, 1997. Repatriation of these objects to the Hopi Tribe
may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 24, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-5215 Filed 3-3-97; 8:45 am]
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