Hopi Tribe and Acoma Pueblo seek to block sale of sacred items

Herman Honanie. Photo from Facebook

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona and Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico are trying to halt the auction of sacred property in France.

The Drouot auction house plans to sell the items tomorrow. The tribes are asking the Conseil des Ventes, an agency that regulates auctions, to halt the sale and return their property.

"We are of the position that these type of artifacts, sacred objects, should never be sold or auctioned off anywhere," Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie told KNAU.

The Holocaust Art Restitution Project is backing the tribes. Their efforts have attracted international attention but have not resulted in any legal victories due to provisions in French law that do not recognize cultural patrimony.

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