Earlier this week the one-thousand year old city of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico celebrated as old tribal, cultural items were finally returned to their proper home after several years of battles with galleries and auctions.
Though not all of their cultural items have been returned, including a shield that features the face of an ancient ancestral spirit located in a Paris gallery, the town was able to find some peace in obtaining the items.
Leaders of the tribe have said that the shield was most likely stolen from one of the homes years ago, since there is no way someone would have sold or removed the shield under tribal law, as reported by PBS.
Though legislation exists to penalize trafficking of human remains and significant cultural objects of tribes, new legislation has been proposed in recent years to impose stricter repercussions for removing, trading or selling tribal objects.
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