Lonely Planet Writer

Navajo tribe buys back sacred artifacts at controversial Paris auction

Monument Valley, Navajo, Arizona.
Monument Valley, Navajo, Arizona. Image by Olibac / CC BY 2.0

The Navajo tribe has spent over a million dollars to buy back sacred artifacts at a controversial auction in Paris. The auction was held in spite of protests from the US government, who wanted to determine whether the items, which included Hopi Kachina dolls and Pueblo masks, were stolen from the tribes. The auction house countered that a French court had already concluded that the sale was legal. The Navajo Nation won the auction after a bidding war began with a private collector. Read more: abqjournal.com