A Parisian auction house plans to sell sacred Hopi katsinam (commonly referred to as “masks” by non-Natives) despite objections from the tribe.
Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/12/02/sad-true-another-hopi-katsinam-auction-planned-paris-152517
I wrote this today to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a physician who was doctor for Hopi Indians and now work with Native peoples for sacred healing.
To auction sacred object is very hurtful to Hopi people. It would be like auctioning what was most sacred to you , something from your grandparents who died, the last traces of family.. For native peoples, its more than that, the ancestors and spirits are alive and real.
It is very hurtful and toxic to do this. Please stop. I will do everything in my ability to stop you. I will start a twitter/facebook campaign. this will be very bad publicity for you, like the last auction was and … you can get VERY GOOD publicity worldwide by stopping.
Michael Samuels M.D.