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Wrangell hat slated for auction block


Photo courtesy www.sothebys.com

The Sotheby's auction website shows Lot 88 with a description. Native organizations across Southeast mobilized Tuesday and Wednesday to try to reclaim the hat for the Wrangell Kiks.áadi clan.

A ceremonial hat from the Wrangell Kiks.ádi tribe was set to go before the auction gavel in New York Wednesday.

The potential auction of a priceless heirloom has galvanized tribal leaders, who say the hat never should have been sold in the first place. A rally with traditional singing and dancing was planned for Wednesday evening in Juneau. A crowdsourcing campaign to try and reclaim the hat had raised more than $21,000 in three days.

The auction, being conducted by the New York chapter of international art auctioneers Sotheby's, illustrates a clash between concepts of ownership, and harke...

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