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Native Americans try to block Paris auction

A Katsina Hapota mask is displayed during an auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes in Paris on December 9, 2013Two Native American tribes, the Hopi and Acoma, are trying to block an auction taking place in Paris this week of artefacts they consider sacred, despite failing in several similar efforts over past years. Allied with the US-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP), the Hopi Tribe Council and Pueblo of Acoma said in a joint statement they were asking France’s Board of Auction Sales to suspend the event, taking place on Wednesday. “These auctions must cease,” Hopi Tribe chairman Herman Honanie said, demanding that all the objects “be returned”.

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