Thank you Prof. Mc Keown! This is the first intelligent analysis of this ongoing drama that I've read in any publication, including the NY Times. What should happen and what will happen may depend upon the French court's ruling. Just in the past 10-15 years we( collectors and dealers alike) have become aware of the legal and moral implications of possessing certain examples of Native American material culture. Many of us have bought, traded and given away artifacts that we believed to have been legally purchased....at shows, public auctions, or flea markets. Now times have changed, and we have to deal with a new reality....perhaps all of this material in museums, or in private collections has to be returned. Or not? NAGPRA has opened up the door for all tribes to claim anything as "religious, or ceremonial, or necessary for the tribe to have, etc, etc. The many museums in the US have borne the brunt of this and regularly are asked, and agree to return just about anything they are requested to, to any legitimate tribal representative....they don't want the negative publicity or legal expense in fighting it out in the courts. Can private collectors be next....and then what? We'll see.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 17:47