Judges ask for information on buried artifacts

A federal judge says a group that buried Hawaiian artifacts in a cave may have ignored a number of other groups with claims to the sacred items.
Judge Stephen Trott of the Ninth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has told Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei that it appears other groups were left out of the process of repatriating the artifacts.
Hui Malama claims to have buried the 83 items it borrowed from Bishop Museum in a Big Island cave. Hui Malama is one of 13 groups with claims to the objects.
Alan Murakami is an attorney representing Hui Malama.
He told appellate judges in San Francisco this week that the court was misinformed on the case.
Hui Malama contends that the artifacts -- including a human-hair wig, containers with human teeth and carved wooden statuettes of family gods -- were stolen from their original site and belong in the cave.

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