[Federal Register: April 9, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 68)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

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
a cultural item in the possession of the Anchorage Museum of History
and Art which meets the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a Chilkat robe or blanket (Cat. No. 73.92.1)
made in the traditional style of mountain goat wool and cedarbark.
    In 1973, Mr. Elton E. Engstrom signed a conditional deed of gift
conveying this cultural item to the Anchorage Museum of History and
Art. In 1999, Mr. Engstrom and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
signed a second unconditional deed of gift which declared the original
deed of gift null and void; and which transferred ownership of this
cultural item to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art as an
unconditional gift. The Anchorage Museum of History and Art has no
information regarding Mr. Engstrom's acquisition of this cultural item.
    Based on consultation with representatives of the Wolf House
(Grooch Hit) of the Kaagwaantaan and the Central Council of Tlingit and
Haida, evidence of cultural affiliation and the cultural patrimony of
this object has been shown by: recounting oral traditions of the
connection beween their clan and the wolf; maintaining that robes were
communal property that could not be alienated without approval of the
members of the house; and producing a photograph showing the robe being
used as a symbol of the clan and house in a funerary situation.
    Officials of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has
ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the
culture itself, and could not have been alienated, appropriated, or
conveyed by any individual. Officials of the Anchorage Museum of
History and Art 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 this item and the Kaagwaantaan Wolf House,
represented by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian
Tribes.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Kaagwaantaan Wolf
House and the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact W.A. Van Horn,
Curator of Collections, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 121 W. 7th
Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501; telephone: (907) 343-4326 before May 10,
1999. Repatriation of this object to the Central Council of the Tlingit
and Haida Indian Tribes on behalf of the Kaagwaantaan Wolf House may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: March 26, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-8886 Filed 4-8-99; 8:45 am]
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