, 2022-12-13 11:05:03,
Mashpee Wampanoag Chief Brian Weeden, 30, faces criminal charges for allegedly breaking into and entering a local museum and stealing four Wampanoag cultural items on Nov. 7, according to the criminal complaint filed and obtained by the Plymouth Police Department in Plymouth County Court. Native News Online.
The cultural items, valued at $10,000, have since been returned to the Plymouth Patuxet Museums.
The police report, dated November 9, 2022, says the items were stolen from the “Native American Gallery” at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, November 7.
The stolen items included two sedge mats and two black bearskin rugs, taken from inside a “weto”—a traditional, oval-shaped hut historically used by the Wampanoag. Plimoth Patuxet Museums spokesperson Rob Kluin told Native News Online that the papyrus plant mats were hand-woven reproductions by an original artist and former museum employee. The two bearskin rugs were purchased by the museum, Cloyne said, though he wasn’t sure who they were purchased for, or if they would constitute a cultural-historical item.
Museum staff noted that the items were missing the morning after the accident, but “they weren’t sure if the items had been removed by another employee…
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