Navajos buy back artifacts at Paris auction

16 Dec 2014 10:22 AM | Anonymous

Navajos buy back artifacts at Paris auction


Paris • The largest American Indian tribe in the American Southwest won its bid Monday to buy back seven sacred masks at a contested auction of tribal artifacts in Paris.

The objects for sale at the Drouot auction house included religious masks, colored in pigment, that are believed to have been used in Navajo wintertime healing ceremonies but that generally are disassembled and returned to the Earth once the nine-day ceremonies conclude.

The sale went ahead despite efforts by the U.S. government and Arizona’s congressional delegation to halt it. 

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