Native Hawaiian Group Upset About Artifacts

15 August 2004 | 16:56 Code : 4143 Geoscience events
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Representatives from a Native Hawaiian group that was responsible for returning ancient artifacts to a Big Island cave say they are shocked some of the items turned up for sale at an antiques shop.
Representatives from a Native Hawaiian group that was responsible for returning ancient artifacts to a Big Island cave say they are shocked some of the items turned up for sale at an antiques shop.  Federal agents are investigating how the artifacts, which include burial kapa or cloths, water gourds and carved bowls, ended up on the black market.  The items had been kept at the Bishop Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, until the late 1990s when they were turned over to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei.

The group repatriated the items to the Kanupa caves in the Big Island's Kohala District. According to news reports, federal agents executed search warrants on a Kona antique store and the home of the store's owner and recovered objects that had been repatriated to Hui Malama in 1997 and 2003.


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