Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:39 pm
Hopi tribe gets sacred mask purchased at auction
The Associated Press
Survival International spokeswoman Kayla Wieche (WEE'-kee) says attorney Pierre Servan-Schreiber and representatives of Survival International presented the mask to tribal officials and religious leaders in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday.
Servan-Schreiber participated in unsuccessful legal efforts in France to block the April 12 auction of 70 sacred objects, and he purchased one of the masks to give back to the Hopis.
Wieche says Servan-Schreiber purchased the mask for 6,000 euros ($7,800).
Advocates for the Hopi tribe had argued in court in Paris that the masks have special status and are not art - they represent their dead ancestors' spirits.