Protecting Cultural Patrimony: Pueblo of Acoma

January 24, 2017
(Drum beats)
[Everett Garcia, Board Member, Historic Preservation Office, Pueblo of Acoma]:
These items are hard to, just call them as items, because they do have a life.
The sale of these items, hurts my people.
Not only my people, but all native people.
Because all these things have life, they have a spirit.
They have a home, just as we, as human beings
have place to call home. They do too.
And, I ask, from here, I ask these people who sell, who purchase, please return them home. All these items. I ask not only for myself, but for my people and for all young peoples.
I sit here, and cry.
Because it needs to come home.
(Flute and chanting)