[Federal Register: July 9, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 131)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3),
of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
NM, that meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' and ``objects of
cultural patrimony''under Section 2 of the Act.
    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.
    The 11 objects are 2 Katsina mask nosepieces, a Katsina mask horn
piece, a mask fragment, a textile belt, a basket bowl (Paho-inpi), a
ceramic bowl, a kickstone, and 3 prayer sticks.
    In 1967, the two Katsina mask nosepieces (catalogue numbers 67.47.2
and 67.47.3), the Katsina mask horn piece (67.47.4), the kickstone
(67.47.5), and a prayer stick (67.47.10) were donated by Florence Ellis
to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Museum records indicate that the
cultural items were found buried in an abandoned house in Walpi, NM, in
1966 by a Hopi man who subsequently gave or sold them to Mary Ewing,
who then sold them to Florence Ellis. During consultation with the Hopi
Tribe of Arizona, on behalf of the Society Priests, information was
provided that identifies these cultural items as sacred and
substantiates the claim that they are needed by traditional religious
leaders, and that they are of such central importance to the tribe that
they could not have been alienated by an individual.
    In 1969, two prayer sticks consisting of a wood branch with
feathers and string attached (catalogue numbers 69.66.28 and 69.66.29)
were donated by Florence Ellis to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
Museum records indicate that these two cultural items were found on
Hopi land. During consultation with the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, on
behalf of the Society Priests, information was provided that identifies
these cultural items as sacred and substantiates the claim that they
are needed by traditional religious leaders, and that they are of such
central importance to the tribe that they could not have been alienated
by an individual.
    In 1970, a shallow ceramic bowl with black on orange design
(catalogue number 70.39.17) was donated by Florence Ellis to the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Museum records indicate that the bowl
was taken from Second Mesa, Hopi. During consultation with the Hopi
Tribe of Arizona, on behalf of the Society Priests, information was
provided that identifies this cultural item as sacred and substantiates
the claim that it is needed by traditional religious leaders, and that
it is of such central importance to the tribe that it could not have
been alienated by an individual.
    In 1978, a coiled basket prayer feather bowl (Paho-inpi) (catalogue
number 78.43.1) was donated by Helene Warren to the Maxwell Museum of
Anthropology. Museum records indicate that the basket was found in a
cave on Hopi land. During consultation with the Hopi Tribe of Arizona,
on behalf of the Society Priests, information was provided that
identifies this cultural item as sacred and substantiates the claim
that it is needed by traditional religious leaders, and that it is of
such central importance to the tribe that it could not have been
alienated by an individual.
    In 1955, the upper part of a mask made of painted wool, felt, and
hide was donated by B.M. Dutton to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.
Museum records indicate that the mask part was collected by Mr. R.
Plummer in the 1880s from Hopi land. During consultation with the Hopi
Tribe of Arizona, on behalf of the Society Priests, information was
provided that identifies this cultural item as sacred and substantiates
the claim that it is needed by traditional religious leaders, and that
it is of such central importance to the tribe that it could not have
been alienated by an individual.
    In 1979, a painted canvas belt was donated by Mark Hooper to the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Museum records indicate that the belt
came from Hopi land and that it is used in the snake dance. During
consultation with the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, on behalf of the Society
Priests, information was provided that identifies this cultural item as
sacred and substantiates the claim that it is needed by traditional
religious leaders, and that it is of such central importance to the
tribe that it could not have been alienated by an individual.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3), these 11 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 Maxwell Museum of
Anthropology, University of New Mexico also have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these 11 cultural items have ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe
itself, and could not have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by
any individual. Lastly, officials of the Maxwell Museum of
Anthropology, University of New Mexico 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 sacred objects and objects
of cultural patrimony and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona
and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony should contact
Kathryn Klein, Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1201, telephone (505)
277-1936, before August 8, 2002. Repatriation of these sacred objects
and objects of cultural patrimony to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: May 28, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17083 Filed 7-8-02; 8:45 am]
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