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Petitioning Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou Auction House Mr. Gilles Neret-Minet

Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou: Stop the sale of Hopi religious and cultural heritage

The Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou Auction House in Paris plans to sell one million dollars worth of Hopi religious items and cultural heritage. These are not artifacts. They were not made to be owned, sold or squandered according to Western ideas of personal property. They belong to a living people who have protested with historically valid arguments. The Auction House relies on century-old excuses for cultural appropriation and theft, relying on the fetishized appeal of the Hopi people in order to make their sale. Please ask Mr. Neret-Minet to do the right thing and return these religious items to their rightful place in the churches and shrines of the Hopi people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/arts/design/hopi-tribe-wants-to-stop-paris-auction-of-artifacts.html?hp

Letter to
Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou Auction House Mr. Gilles Neret-Minet
Stop the sale of Hopi religious and cultural heritage. These are not artifacts. They were not made to be sold, owned or squandered. They belong to a living people who have protested with historically valid arguments. You continue to rely on century-old excuses for cultural appropriation and theft, relying on the fetishized appeal of the Hopi people in order to make your sale. Please do the right thing and return these religious items to their rightful place in the churches and shrines of the Hopi people.