[Federal Register: November 25, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 227)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California-Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 Fowler Museum of Cultural
History, University of California-Los Angeles which meet the definition
of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 17 cultural items consist of 12 katsinas, including Qoqto, a
Corn Katsina, an Apache Katsina, two Chakwainam, Heoto, a ``Mad''
Katsina, and a Rugan Corn Katsina (X83.8; X83.537; X83.538; X83.539;
X84.225; X84.226; X84.227; X84.228; X.84.229; X84.230; X.84.231; and
X66.2796); three rattles (X72.1072; X68.504; X68.505); one dance wand
(X76.291); and a drum and beater (X68.147A&B).
    During 1983-1984, eleven katsinas were donated by a donor whose
name is withheld at the museum's request and accessioned into the
Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
    In 1966, one Hopi katsina was donated by a donor whose name is
withheld at the museum's request and accessioned in the Fowler Museum
of Cultural History.
    In 1972, the one rattle was donated by a donor whose name is
withheld at the museum's request and accessioned in the Fowler Museum
of Cultural History.
    In 1968, the drum and beater and two rattles were purchased from
Raleigh W. Applegate and accessioned in the Fowler Museum of Cultural
History. The accession records state this drum and beater were used in
Hopi kiva ceremonies.
    In 1976, the dance wand was accessioned into the collections of the
Fowler Museum of Cultural History. There is no donor or purchase
information for this dance wand.
    Based on construction and design, these cultural items have been
identified as consistent with Hopi ceremonial and sacred items as
recorded in ethnographic records. Representatives of the Hopi Tribe and
the Katsimomngwit (traditional Hopi religious leaders) have identified
these items as sacred objects used by them in the Hopi villages for the
practice of traditional Hopi religion.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Fowler
Museum of Cultural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(3), these 17 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 Fowler Museum of Cultural History have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between these
items and 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 Dr. Diana
Wilson, c/o NAGPRA Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor,
Research, Box 951405, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405; telephone (310) 836-
4343 before December 28, 1998. Repatriation of these objects to the
Hopi Tribe may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: November 18, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-31485 Filed 11-24-98; 8:45 am]
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