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Paris Auction House Refuses to Stop Selling Sacred Artifacts

The Drouot auction house in Paris will continue to earn millions of dollars at the expense of North American tribes, who believe certain objects including Kachina masks are the physical embodiment of Hopi ancestors. According to living tribal members, the sale of these artifacts is a form of continued colonial abuse, although the means by which the auction house came by the objects are not necessarily controversial. US laws prohibit the sale of specific masks, but the US government does not have the authority to intervene in France where such sales are not illegal. Read more here. [via The Washington Post]

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