The above objects represent an infinitesimal percentage of the tens of thousands of objects stored in the Smithsonian's various museums, including the Museum of American History, the Museum of Natural History, and, of course, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian where I worked from 2002-2004. During the period of employment I was tasked with the responsibility of locating and arranging temporary and/or permanent loans of objects from these various museums.
During these years of surveying many collections of American Indian objects I often came upon large numbers of Hopi and/or Ancestral Puebloan objects and human remains. Often, these objects had been taken directly from Hopi graveyards by "archeologists" employed by the U.S. Government and protected from Hopi attack by armed personnel from the military or "War Department" where many of the objects were stored before being moved to the Smithsonian's vaults once the Museums were built. Objects of this sort were often considered "War Booty", taken by force of arms during the Indian Wars.
One of the reasons I felt it important to move to the Desert Southwest/Four Corners Area was to make the existence of these objects and human remains known to the Hopi People and to assist them in taking the necessary steps to begin the process of repatriation.