FR Doc E9-25968[Federal Register: October 28, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 207)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the
completion of an inventory of an associated funerary object in the
possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA. The associated funerary object was removed
from southeast Alaska.
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 associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not
responsible for the determinations in this notice.
A detailed assessment of the associated funerary object was made by
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in
consultation with representatives of Central Council Tlingit & Haida
Indian Tribes, Kootznoowoo Inc., Sealaska Corporation, Sitka Tribe of
Alaska, and Yakutat Tlingit Tribe.
On an unknown date before July 1868, one associated funerary object
(69-30-10/2182) was recovered from an unknown area in southeast Alaska.
It was purchased by the Peabody Museum from Edward G. Fast in 1869. The
associated funerary object is a carved wooden box used to contain
cremated human remains.
Edward Fast's catalogue describes this item as a box "used for
receiving the ashes of the dead." The Peabody Museum is not in
possession of the human remains. The totality of the evidence indicates
that this item came from Tlingit territory in the area of southeast
Alaska. Edward Fast wrote that he collected all of the items listed in
his catalogue from "that portion of the [Alaskan] territory south of
Mount St. Elias" while he was stationed in Sitka, AK, between October
1867 and July 1868. However, additional historical sources indicate
that a portion of Fast's collection came from the Russian American
Company's museum and was collected by the Russian scholar I.G.
Museum documentation, combined with other sources, indicates that
this item was likely recovered from a grave context. This item most
likely dates to the Historic period, specifically to the 19th Century.
Anthropological and historic information indicate that the area south
of Mount St. Elias in the state of Alaska is within the traditional and
historic territory of the Tlingit people. Present-day Tlingit people
are represented by Sealaska Corporation, a Native corporation
representing Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples within the
southeastern part of Alaska.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the one object
described above is reasonably believed to have been exclusively made
for burial purposes or to contain human remains. Officials of the
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group
identity that can be reasonably traced between the associated funerary
object and the Tlingit, represented by Sealaska Corporation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with this associated funerary object should
contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-
3702, before November 27, 2009. Repatriation of the associated funerary
object to Sealaska Corporation may proceed after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is responsible for
notifying the Central Council Tlingit
and Haida Indian Tribes, Kootznoowoo Inc., Sealaska Corporation, Sitka
Tribe of Alaska, and Yakutat Tlingit Tribe that this notice has been
Dated: October 8, 2009
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-25968 Filed 10-27-09; 8:45 am]
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