150 Year-Old Tlingit Mask Sold in Paris
A 150-year-old Tlingit "mosquito mask", made of wood, was sold in Paris, France for close to $400,000 dollars. The amount was far above the $40,000 it was expected to get. A European collector foiled the efforts of a rival Canadian bidder from repatriating the rare object. Although the global interest in historic aboriginal art bolsters the work of modern-day First Nations artists, for many Aboriginal people who live in poverty, there are no benefits.
Randy Boswell, PostMedia News/StarPhoenix, December 16th, 2011