[Federal Register: March 12, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 48)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Arizona in the
Possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005(a)(2), of the intent to repatriate
a cultural item in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, which meets the
definition of ``cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items are 20 yellow wooden sunflowers, five white
wooden sunflowers, two leather sunflowers, 26 wooden cones, and one
wooden bird.
    In 1915, Mr. Kidder and Mr. Guernsey excavated these cultural items
from Sunflower Cave, Marsh Pass, AZ during an expedition sponsored by
the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. These items were
accessioned into the Museum's collections the same year.
    Excavation records and anthropological sources indicate these items
were likely deposited in Sunflower Cave during the Pueblo I period
(750-975 AD). Consultation evidence presented by representatives of the
Hopi Tribe on behalf of the Flute Clan practices and have ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the Flute
Clan and could not have been alienated by any individual.
    Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), these 54 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 Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have also determined that, pursuant
to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity
which can be reasonably traced between these items and the Flute Clan
of Walpi, First Mesa, of the Hopi Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Mrs. Barbara
Isaac, Assistant Director, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254 before
April 11, 1997. Repatriation of these objects to the Hopi Tribe on
behalf of the Flute Clan may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

Dated: March 7, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, 
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-6183 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]
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