Emergency Meeting at Smithsonian Aims to Halt Paris Auction of Sacred Tribal Artifacts

  • Screenshot of the Acoma shield in the May 30 EVE auction

    Screenshot of the Acoma shield in the May 30 EVE auction

Hyperallergic reports the latest battle to repatriate objects of significance to indigenous people. A new auction of contested artifacts is ahead next week in Paris, where Hopi objects have already been subject to sales eight times at public auctions since 2013.

At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, an emergency meeting of tribal leaders, government representatives, and NGO officials aimed to halt the Monday auction in Paris that involves human remains and sacred indigenous objects. 

The May 30 Art Amerindien, Art Precolombien, Afrique et Oceanie sale, organized by EVE (Estimations Ventes aux Enchères) auction house at Drouot Richelieu, includes a number of tribal artifacts that leaders protest should not be sold (or have ever left the tribe) such as an Acoma shield and a Hoopa ceremonial deer.

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