Archaeological News: Update: Despite objections from Hopi tribe, Native American masks sold off at auction in France

Link: Archaeological News: Update: Despite objections from Hopi tribe, Native American masks sold off at auction in France

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PARIS — In a chaotic auction repeatedly interrupted by protests, dozens of Native American tribal masks were sold Friday after a French court rejected the objections of the Hopi tribe and the U.S. government.

The total tally was 931,000 euros ($1.2 million), with the most expensive, the “Mother…

“The auctioneer insisted any move to block the sale could have broad repercussions and potentially force French museums to empty their collections of indigenous works.”

“Auctioneer Gilles Neret-Minet likened one mask to a clown’s face, and said the eyes of another resembled the diamond-shaped logo of French car maker Renault. He jokingly told guests the sale “is the deal of the day.” “I must remind people that these masks are for personal use only. If they are shown in public, they will be confiscated by the Indians, you know, they are here,” he said with a smile.”

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This makes me so sad and so fucking pissed.

fucking disgusting.

Monroe Warshaw, an art collector from New York, who bought two masks for around 28,000 euros ($36,500) euros, said he didn’t believe the masks had been stolen from the Hopis and that the person who acquired them should be thanked, not criticized, for preserving them.

“How did they steal them? Did some antique dealer go into their house at night and steal them?” he said, as the auction was still in progress.

He added that he will “probably not” ever give them back to the Hopis as “they didn’t care for them in the first place — now they want them because they have a value.”

wacistakac how do you even be this inhuman. I am so angry. This is what a complete lack of empathy for other human beings looks like. This man is a terrible person, ka-matiswat okohtakan.

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