I love this.
The Annenberg Foundation decided to secretly buy up sacred Hopi artifacts at auction, so they could return them to the Hopi of Arizona. What a great understanding and support of the integration of culture, art, and spirituality!
Today’s New York Times article, “Secret Bids Guide Hopi Indians’ Spirits Home,” covers art house intrigue, auction etiquette, respect for American Indian spiritual beliefs, and finally a contemporary shipping challenge:
“The objects, surreal faces made from wood, leather, horsehair and feathers and painted in vivid reds, blues, yellows and oranges, cannot be encased in Bubble Wrap, for example, because it would be seen as suffocating the divine spirits.”
I imagine the Hopi spirits smiling now, on earth and in the afterlife.
(Image: Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, NY Times 12/19/2013:
“Alain Leroy, owner of an auction company in Paris, surrounded by sacred Hopi spirit masks.”)