theft of baskets and other goods from Calif. Museum (fwd)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 20:29:42 -0400

This was first posted to the Southwest Archaeology list. As usual, please
reply to the original poster and not me.


> From: Steve Dondero <sdondero@TRMX3.DOT.CA.GOV>
> Subject: Sierra Mono Museum Basketry Theft
> Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 10:33:38 -0800

> I have been asked to post this message by the curator of the Sierra Mono
> Museum. Please reply directly to the museum at P.O. Box 275, North
> Fork, CA 93643. 209-877-2115. Sorry no e-mail address.

> Sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, August 8-9,
> 1996, the Sierra Mono Museum was broken into and 50-100+ Native
> California Indian baskets were stolen, along with at least one
> ceremonial obsidian blade. Museum officials stated that baskets were
> removed from both the display cases and storage areas.

> Please forward this message to whoever you feel can help in this
> matter. TheSierra Mono Museum is a small, locally-operated facility and
> have limited resources. The Museum and the Madera County Sheriff
> Department would appreciate any suggestions, information, advise, etc.
> from those in the museum community on how to get this information out
> to the larger community of art dealers world-wide. Staff can provide
> photos/descriptions of the baskets upon request.
> Thanks