Thursday, June 18, 2015

France Continues To Sell The Artifacts Of Genocide

The French government has once again failed to stop an auction of sacred Hopi artifacts by a Paris auction house, this one occurring on June 10. France's continuing complicity in this artful form of cultural genocide is particularly disturbing, given its own complicated history of involvement in the Nazis' systematic plunder of tens of thousands of works of art from the private collections of European Jews. The French should be particularly sensitive to the provenance of the claims of the Hopi tribe of Arizona. The Hopi (who call themselves Hopitu, or "the peaceful people") have suffered religious persecution along with theft, plunder, destruction and appropriation of their ceremonial and sacred art objects since their first contacts with European-derived colonizers in the 16th century.


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