[Federal Register: June 14, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 115)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

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 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO,
that meet the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' and
``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.

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    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.
    Three of the cultural items are two cylindrical woodcarvings known
as Ahayu:da or War Gods, each measuring approximately 33 inches in
length, and one flat woodcarving known as an Ahayu:da altar stick,
approximately 37.5 inches in length.
    In 1999, the Denver Art Museum obtained the two Ahayu:da in a
bequest from the estate of Charles J. Norton. Prior to 1972, Mr. Norton
acquired these cultural items from an unknown source. Weathering
indicates probable placement of the Ahayu:da at an outdoor shrine. Mr.
Norton's tags listed the objects as ``Zuni War Gods.'' Officials of the
Denver Art Museum have inspected these cultural items and agreed with
this attribution.
    In 1966, the Denver Art Museum obtained the Ahayu:da altar stick
(Accession no. 1966.398) as a gift from Vander Wagen Brothers, Gallup,
NM. Vander Wagen Brothers acquired it prior to 1966 from an unknown
source. Weathering indicates probable placement of the Ahayu:da altar
stick at an outdoor shrine.
    Consultation with officials of the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation during the summer of 1999 confirmed the identification of
the cultural items as carved representations of Ahayu:da, and confirmed
that these three cultural items have ongoing historical, traditional,
and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and could not
have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any individual. These
three cultural items also are needed by the Zuni Bow Priest, a
traditional religious leader, for ceremonial installation at the
appropriate Ahayu:da shrine in accordance with the practice of Zuni
traditional religion.
    One of the cultural items is a cotton fabric mask known as a
Koyemshi Ko'Ko.
    In 1948, the Denver Art Museum obtained the Koyemshi Ko'Ko
(Accession no. 1948.235) through an exchange with the Brooklyn Museum
of Art. In 1904, the Brooklyn Museum of Art obtained the Ko'Ko as a
purchase by Stewart Culin from Horabin & McGaffey, Thoreau, NM. Prior
to 1904, Horabin & McGaffey obtained the Ko'Ko from George Winters.
    Consultation with officials of the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation during 1996-1997 confirmed the identification of this
cultural item as Koyemshi Ko'Ko. Evidence from historical and
ethnographic records have confirmed that 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.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Denver
Art Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these
four cultural items have 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 Denver Art Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(3), three of the cultural items (two Ahayu:da and the Ahayu:da
altar stick) 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 Denver Art Museum 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 objects of cultural patrimony/sacred
objects and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation. This notice has
been sent to officials of the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects of cultural patrimony/sacred
objects should contact Nancy J. Blomberg, Curator of Native Arts,
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204,
telephone (720) 913-0161, before July 16, 2001. Repatriation of these
objects of cultural patrimony/sacred objects to the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.

    Dated: May 25, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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