The "record," as you mention, has also clearly indicated that items of ceremonial importance have been unethically obtained from archaeological sites and Native peoples, and this practice continues today despite laws in the U.S. to prevent such practices. There is existing research on Hopi and Zuni ceremonial items, in this case, katsina friends, where one can find scholarly references to the production of replicas (i.e., fake katsina "masks") that have found their way into museum collections as well as collector's hands. The intention of this commentary, in my opinion, is to provide another perspective as to why the selling of these katsina friends is problematic, not to dissuade people from participating in an antiquities market that is based on ethical considerations of existing laws, declarations, and indigenous customs and laws. Furthermore, Mr. Enote speaks from vast experience since he has visually inspected thousands of collection items from major institutions worldwide. I commend him for speaking out on a subject that demands attention.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 13:11