Hopi tribe gets sacred mask purchased at auction - KMSP-TV

Hopi tribe gets sacred mask purchased at auction

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A tribal rights organization says Hopi tribal officials have been presented with 1 of dozens of Native American sacred masks sold during an April auction in France that drew protests.

Survival International spokeswoman Kayla Wieche says attorney Pierre Servan-Schreiber and representatives of Survival International presented the mask to tribal officials and religious leaders in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday.

Servan-Schreiber participated in unsuccessful legal efforts in France to block the April 12 auction of 70 sacred objects, and he purchased 1 of the masks to give back to the Hopis.

Wieche says Servan-Schreiber purchased the mask for 6,000 euros ($7,800).

Advocates for the Hopi tribe had argued in court in Paris that the masks have special status and are not art - they represent their dead ancestors' spirits.

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