[Federal Register: August 29, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 168)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3),
of the intent to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH, that meets the definition of
``sacred object'' and ``object of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2
of the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The cultural item is a tunic, or shirt, made from trade cloth and
two panels of a Chilkat robe, or approximately one half of a complete
robe (Hood Museum of Art accession number 159.1.14291). The Hood Museum
of Art's records identify the tunic as having come from Angoon, AK, and
as having been made prior to the 1882 bombardment of Angoon.
    Axel Rasmussen originally collected the tunic while he was
superintendent of schools in Wrangell, AK, during the late 1920s
through 1937. After Mr. Rasmussen's death in 1945, his collection of
Northwest Coast objects was dispersed. The collection was reassembled
by Earl Stendahl and a part of it was sold to the Portland Art Museum,
Portland, OR. The remainder of the collection was deposited with Doris
Meltzer, a New York City dealer, to sell. Some of the items that Ms.
Meltzer did not sell were given to the Dartmouth College Museum, now
the Hood Museum of Art, between 1959 and 1966. The tunic was given to
the museum in 1959.
    In 1995, a delegation of Tlingit visited the Hood Museum of Art for
consultation on the museum's collections. At that time, a raven crest
was identified in the design of the tunic, and the representative from
Angoon related the story of how two brothers, Kanaalku and Kichnaalx,
of Yeil Hit (Raven House) of the Deisheetaan Clan of the Kootznoowoo
Tribe, inherited a Chilkat robe that, in order for both to use it, was
cut up and made into two tunics.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Hood
Museum of Art have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3),
this cultural item is a specific ceremonial object needed by
traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
Officials of the Hood Museum of Art also have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has ongoing historical,
traditional, or cultural importance central to the tribe itself, and
may not be alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any individual.
Lastly, officials of the Hood Museum of Art have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity that can be reasonably traced between this sacred object/
object of cultural patrimony and the Angoon Community Association,
representing the Deisheetaan Clan of the Kootznoowoo Tribe of the
Admiralty Island of Angoon, AK, and Kootznoowoo Incorporated.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Deisheetaan Clan,
Kootznoowoo Incorporated, Kootznoowoo Cultural and Educational
Foundation, and the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian
Tribes. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with this sacred object/object of cultural
patrimony should contact Kellen G. Haak, Collections Manager/Registrar
and Repatriation Coordinator, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH 03755, telephone (603) 646-3109, before September 30, 2002.
Repatriation of this sacred object/object of cultural patrimony to the
Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes on behalf of the
Kootznoowoo Cultural and Educational Foundation, Kootznoowoo
Incorporated, and the Deisheetaan Clan may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 10, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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