The Hopi Tribe Gains Support of Arizona Congressional Delegation to Halt Sale of Sacred Items by Paris Auction House

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie

PHOENIX — Herman G. Honanie, chairman of the Hopi Tribe, will be joined by U.S. Representatives Paul A. Gosar (Arizona – 04) and David Schweikert (Arizona – 06) and others this coming Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to call on the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and other federal agencies to take all immediate actions necessary to halt the Auction House EVE from conducting a scheduled auction of Hopi sacred items, known as “Katsina Friends” on June 1 in Paris, France.

The planned news conference demonstrates the Hopi Tribes efforts to bring together for assistance in intervening to try to stop the auctioning of culturally significant artifacts and calling for the items to be returned home to the Hopi Tribe.

Related: Hopi Tribe and HARP File Lawsuit in France to Stop Future Sales of Sacred Objects

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Gosar penned a letter, supported by the entire Arizona delegation, addressed to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asking them to intervene and prevent the auctioning of sacred Hopi artifacts by the Auction House EVE.

“We are thankful for the immediate support of the entire Arizona delegation and especially the participation of Congressman Gosar and Schweikert to assist the Hopi Tribe in the return of our sacred objects. Our Katsina Friends must be returned home. We will do all that it takes for their safe return,” stated Hopi Chairman Honanie.

The joint letter states in part: “The auction house located in Paris, Estimations Ventes aux Encheres (EVE), has engaged in the sale of sacred artifacts, despite objections from the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, and the State Department, among others…We understand from the Tribe that the auction would include the sale of sacred Hopi objects known as ‘katsina friends’. According to tribal tradition, displaying and selling these items is sacrilegious and offensive.”

“It is shameful that a French auction house thinks it’s ok to profit off the sale of sacred Hopi artifacts. It is my sincere hope that such items will not be sold at the upcoming June 1st auction and that the relevant government agencies will intervene to prevent this occurrence,” said Congressman Gosar on Friday.

Editor’s Note: The Hopi Tribe has requested all journalists to refrain from publishing images of the sacred items and to refer to the sacred items as Katsina friends as a means of respect.

 

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