[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 41 (Friday, March 1, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13889-13890]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04770]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12124; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Arizona State 
Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that 
the cultural items meet the definition of sacred objects and objects of 
cultural patrimony, and repatriation to the Indian tribe stated below 
may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of 
any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with 
the cultural items may contact the Arizona State Museum, University of 
Arizona.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the Arizona 
State Museum, University of Arizona at the address below by April 1, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: John McClelland, NAGPRA Coordinator, Arizona State Museum, 
University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210026, Tucson, AZ 85721, telephone 
(520) 626-2950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the 
possession of the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, 
AZ, that meet the definition of sacred objects and objects of cultural 
patrimony under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In August 1912, Arizona State Museum Director Byron Cummings 
collected nine prayer sticks (catalog nos. 87a-c, 88a-c, 89a-c) and 
three prayer plumes (catalog no. 90a-c) from a Hopi Snake Dance at 
Oraibi, and six prayer plumes (catalog no. 91a-f) from a Hopi Flute 
Dance at Mishongnovi. In 1915, Dr. Cummings acquired four Hopi women's 
dance wands (catalog nos. 85a & b, 86a & b) at Oraibi. In 1919, Dr. 
Cummings collected a prayer offering (catalog no. 3973) at a Hopi 
village. Also in 1919, Dr. Cummings purchased four women's dance wands 
(catalog nos. 3899-3902) from Mrs. Elizabeth Stanley. In August 1920, 
Dr. Cummings collected a feather headdress (catalog no. 3975), a gourd 
rattle (catalog no. 3976), a tortoise shell leg rattle (catalog no. 
3994), four anklets (catalog nos. 3983a & b, 3984a & b), a leather 
girdle (catalog no. 3987), four armbands (catalog nos. 3995a & b, 3996a 
& b), a necklace (catalog no. 3993), and a dance kilt (catalog no. 
5436) that had been used by a Hopi Snake Priest at the village of 
Walpi. In 1923, Dr. Cummings collected a feather bundle (catalog no. 
3974) from a Hopi village, a feather headdress (catalog no. 3977) from 
a Hopi Buffalo Dance, and a cornhusk ceremonial tiara (catalog no. 
13136) at Walpi. In 1931, Dr. Cummings collected a feather wand 
(catalog no. 5588) at a Hopi village. All of the objects collected by 
Dr. Cummings were subsequently accessioned by the Arizona State Museum.
    In 1919, the Arizona State Museum purchased a Hopi feather tuft 
(catalog no. 8508) from the Nelle Dermont Collection. In 1926, Harold 
Gladwin collected a Hopi tortoise carapace rattle (catalog no. GP399) 
for the Gila Pueblo Foundation. In 1926, the Gila Pueblo Foundation 
purchased a turtle carapace rattle (catalog no. GP4761) from Alice 
McAdams. In 1950, the Gila Pueblo Foundation closed and these two 
objects were donated to the Arizona State Museum. In 1929, an unknown 
donor presented a Hopi turtle shell rattle (catalog no. 18498) to the 
Arizona State Museum. In May 1933, the Arizona State Museum purchased a 
set of a Hopi Snake Priest's regalia at the village of Polacca. These 
objects include a sash (catalog no. 19757), two kilts (catalog nos. 
19758, 19760), a medicine bundle (catalog no. 19759), a wand (catalog 
no. 19762), a pouch (catalog no. 19764), two anklets (catalog nos. 
19761a & b), a hair tie (catalog no. 19763), and a moccasin (catalog 
no. 19765a). In 1943, L.F. Brady donated three Hopi prayer sticks (cat 
nos. E-1787-1789) to the Arizona State Museum. In 1958, Father Victor 
Stoner donated a Snake Dance kilt (cat no. E-3606) to the Arizona State 
Museum. In 1959, Mr. F.T. Alkire donated a Hopi turtle shell rattle 
(catalog no. 91-57-37) to the Arizona Historical Society. In 1991, the 
object was transferred to the Arizona State Museum as part of an 
exchange.
    In 1965, the Arizona State Museum purchased a polychrome medicine 
bowl (cat no. E-6393a) and two netted gourd water bottles (cat nos. E-
6393b & 6394) from Bahti Indian Arts. These objects had been used by a 
Mishongnovi kiva priest. In 1966, Tom Bahti donated an unused katsina 
mask (cat no. E-6701) to the Arizona State Museum. In 1966, Mrs. Gordon 
Vivian donated two prayer sticks (cat nos. E-6733-x-1, x-2) that she 
had obtained at the village of Hano to the Arizona State Museum. In 
1966, Mrs. Edwin Carpenter donated a Hopi prayer stick (cat no. E-6858) 
to the Arizona State Museum. In 1969, the Arizona State Museum 
purchased a Hopi polychrome effigy canteen (cat no. E-8370) from W.R. 
Stone.
    These items all appear to be Hopi by virtue of the circumstances of 
their acquisition, and/or through identification by Hopi cultural 
specialists. Specific knowledge provided by the Society Priests of the 
Hopi Tribe gives a positive identification to substantiate ownership of 
these sacred and religious items. These objects are regarded as sacred 
objects and as objects of cultural patrimony, which are used by the 
Momngwit in the Hopi villages for the practice of the Hopi Religion. 
The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office of the Hopi Tribe, representing 
the Society Priests, pursuant to section 7.(a)(2) of P.L. 101-601 and 
Hopi Tribal Council Resolution H-70-94, hereby asserts cultural 
affiliation to the sacred and religious items as described. These items 
are identified as sacred and religious objects, and are objects of 
cultural patrimony.

Determinations Made by the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

    Officials of the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the 72 cultural items 
described above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional 
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional 
Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the same 72 cultural 
items described

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above have ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural importance 
central to the Native American group or culture itself, rather than 
property owned by an individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the 
cultural items listed above and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the sacred objects and objects of 
cultural patrimony should contact John McClelland, NAGPRA Coordinator, 
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210026, Tucson, 
AZ 85721, telephone (520) 626-2950, before April 1, 2013. Repatriation 
of the sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony to the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The Arizona State Museum is responsible for notifying the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 15, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-04770 Filed 2-28-13; 8:45 am]
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