[Federal Register: January 20, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 12)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Repository for Archaeological and Ethnographic Collections,
Department of Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara,
Santa Barbara, 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 Repository for Archaeological
And Ethnographic Collections, Department of Anthropology, University of
California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA which meet the definition
of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The four cultural items consist of a prayer-stick or paho (224-
030), a partial face mask of the relation of the water-drinking maiden
or Palhik' Maana (224-199), and two tablitas (224-270 and 224-271).
    Since before 1970, these cultural items have been in the
Repository's collections. No records or information exists indicating
how the Repository acquired these items, although it is presumed they
were donations.
    On the basis of stylistic characteristics, these cultural items
have been identified as Hopi in origin. Consultations with traditional
religious leaders and representatives of the Hopi Tribe and traditional
religious leaders and representatives of the Pueblo of Jemez confirm
the cultural affiliations of these cultural items as Hopi. The
Repository contacted personnel at the Arizona State Museum, who
identified the two tablitas as having been used in the Niman ceremony.
Representatives of the Hopi Tribe and Hopi traditional religious
leaders have identified these four cultural items as needed by Native
American traditional religious leaders for the practice of traditional
Native American religion by present-day adherents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of California-Santa Barbara have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3), these four 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 University of California-
Santa Barbara 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 and the
Pueblo of Jemez. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should
contact Nancy A. Doner, NAGPRA Coordinator, Office of Research,
University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106;
telephone (805) 893-4180 before February 19, 1999. Repatriation of
these objects to the Hopi Tribe may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: January 7, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-1201 Filed 1-19-99; 8:45 am]
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