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PARIS.- The Komantsi sacred mask of the Hopi Arizonas Indian tribe. 70 masks will be auctioned on April 12, 2013 despite the fact that two museums of Arizona and the Hopi tribe asked for its cancellation. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA.

- The Komantsi sacred mask of the Hopi Arizonas Indian tribe. 70 masks will be auctioned on April 2013 despite the fact that two museums of Arizona and the Hopi tribe asked for its cancellation.

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A man looks at an antique tribal mask, Tumas Crow Mother, circa revered as a sacred ritual artifact by the Native American Hopi t.

Hopi Kokosori mask Arizona, USA  10 inches, felt, wool, feathers and leather

Hopi Kokosori mask Arizona, USA 10 inches, felt, wool, feathers and leather

Hopi kachina mask

Sacred tribal masks sold in Paris

Sio Hemis Cachina

Dozens of 'stolen' ancient Native American masks OK'd for sale by French court despite tribal pleas for their return

The Hopi tribe of Arizona plead for a stop to the sale of 70 ritual masks the their people hold sacred, but a French court has allowed the Paris auction to go on.

Auch zwei Museen aus dem US-Bundesstaat Arizona, der heutigen Heimat der...

A detail of at antique tribal mask, Tumas Crow Mother, circa revered as a sacred ritual artifact by a Native American tribe in Arizona.

PARIS.- The Kwaakatsina sacred mask of the Hopi Arizonas Indian tribe. 70 masks will be auctioned on April 12, 2013 despite the fact that two museums of Arizona and the Hopi tribe asked for its cancellation. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA.

- The Kwaakatsina sacred mask of the Hopi Arizonas Indian tribe. 70 masks will be auctioned on April 2013 despite the fact that two museums of Arizona and the Hopi tribe asked for its cancellation.

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