Message #197: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Alert & Request For Assistance Regarding Stolen Artifact Date: Wed, 12 Jun 96 17:33:00 MST Encoding: 25 TEXT From: Donna Edler ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT Two months ago an artifact was stolen from Cathy Kerns in Kansas City. The piece is Aleut Indian in origin, pre-Columbian. It's described as a totempole, carved from walrus tusk ivory, approximately 5 1/2 inches high, on a seperate carved ivory base. The base is approx. 1/8 inch high and 1 inch square. There are 7 or 8 masks total on the piece and the mask below it makes the body for the mask above it. One of the masks looks like the face of a frog. Two of the masks have very tiny obsidian chip eyes, about the diameter of a pencil lead. The pole is about the diameter of a pencil.There is a small ivory pin that attaches the pole to it's base. This was an Aleut grave artifact and ownership is restricted by law. PLEASE help us find this piece. It's been in our family for generations and was passed down to us by a great grandmother who was pure Aleut that married into our family during the Alaskan gold rush. Our entire family is heartbroken over this. Not just because it's a piece of history but it's a piece of personal FAMILY history. It has a very special spiritual link to our ancestors. There is a reward for it's recovery. Please send all replies to: Cathy Kerns 2320 So. 55th Kansas City, Kansas 66106 Voice: (913) 375-1098 Fax: (913)375-9621 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please forward this notice to other sources you might have. Thank you.