Stop the Auction of Hopi and Zuni Sacred Objects in Paris on April 12  by; Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou Auction House and Drouot-Richelieu Gallery
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Stop the Auction of Hopi and Zuni Sacred Objects in Paris on April 12 by; Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou Auction House and Drouot-Richelieu Gallery

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The following was posted by the director of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ. "...the proposed sale of these katsina friends, and the international exposure of them, is causing outrage, sadness, and stress among members of the affected tribes. For them katsina friends are living beings; that is why they are called “friends” (kwatsi) in the Hopi language. The friends are loved, cared for, and ceremonially fed. They are a connection between the human world and the spirits of all living things and the ancestors. To be displayed disembodied in your catalogue and on the internet is sacrilegious and offensive. If one claims to value these katsina friends as “works of art,” one must also respect the people who made them and the native traditions that govern their use. And, as fellow human beings, it is my hope that you will offer understanding and empathy to the tribal people who are so deeply affected by this proposed sale. You cannot honor and value these katsina friends while dishonoring their makers. These are universal principles of cross-cultural human conduct."

 

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    12. STATEMENT FROM ROBERT REDFORD!

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      April 8, 2013
      Re: Auction of Hopi Katsina Artifacts by Neret-Minet Tessier
      and Sarrow on April 12, 2013
      From: Robert Redford
      Napa, California, U.S.A.
      As a close friend of the Namingha family and of the Hopi culture, these ceremonial artifacts are of sacrimonial value and belong to the Hopi and the Hopi alone. To auction these would be, in my opinion, a sacrilege—a criminal gesture that contains grave moral repercussions.
      I would hope that these sacred items can be returned to the Hopi tribe where they belong. They are not for auction.
      ROBERT REDFORD

      Stop the Auction of Hopi and Zuni Sacred Objects in Paris on April 12

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    • Grace Cooper WAILUKU, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      Every country/nation should always be respected we are the nation and have a customary tradition and culture which is birthed within we are the host of our country rather in exile, illegal invasion, illegal overthrown or a nation within a nation we are the NATION and will always be till we leave mother earth.. Do on to others as you want them to do unto you. What goes around will someday come around. For JUSTICE SHALL PERVEIL.

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    • Fred Dodge, MD WAIANAE, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      Indiginous rights must come first

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    • Mia Orr HONOLULU, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      The Hopi consider the Hawaiians their cousins and as ohana to them I support them.

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    • Shannon Choneska MILTON, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because these items are not for sale and should be returned home where they belong.

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    • Dan Pilozo STRATFORD, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important because there should be more respect for people like the hopi. You really shouldnt make money off something very special. this only shows how primitive and greedy some people really are. better yet... this shows how stupid some people really are. you barely respect yourselves... its a shame

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