Merrill, William L.. The return of the Ahayu:da: lessons for repatriation from Zuni Pueblo and the Smithsonian Institution

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The return of the Ahayu:da: lessons for repatriation from Zuni Pueblo and the Smithsonian Institution

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Current anthropology -- Vol. 34, no. 5

Published By: Original publisher Current anthropology -- Vol. 34, no. 5 Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 523-567 p.: ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by William L. Merrill, Edmund J. Ladd, and T. J. Ferguson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zuni (NT23)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF External relations (648); Sacred objects and places (778); Artifact and archive collections (119); Reviews and critiques (114);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In 1987, the Smithsonian Institution returned two Ahayu:da (twin gods or war gods)to the Zuni of western New Mexico. Negotiations leading to their repatriation extended over nine years. During this period, a number of issues regarding the proper curation of Zuni objects at the Smithsonian were raised, many of which were resolved while others were tabled to be addressed in the future. A detailed history of these negotiations is presented and then analyzed from the distinct perspectives of each of the authors, who played central roles in the negotiations as a Smithsonian curator, a Zuni anthropologist, and a consulting anthropologist hired by the Pueblo of Zuni. This case study offers insights into the complexities of the repatriation process and valuable lessons for museums and tribes as they begin discussing the return of cultural property legislated by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (p. 523).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 23

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt23-023

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: artifact repatriation - International Relations (648).

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1978-1987

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Indigene, Ethnologists-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1846-1987

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zuni Indians


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