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Canada. Rare First Nations head-dress stolen

Rare First Nations head-dress stolen

Canwest News Service.
May 9, 2009.

BELLA BELLA, B.C.— RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for a unique aboriginal head-dress stolen from a deceased elder’s home.

“This head-dress was used by the respected elder in numerous aboriginal cultural events across Canada. Most notably, it was part of an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2000,” RCMP said in a news release.

The head-dress was created and worn by the elder, who recently passed away.

Police say the theft was discovered when the elder’s family went to his home in Bella Bella and were collecting his personal belongings.

“This cultural, personal and unique head-dress was of extreme sentimental value to its deceased’s owner and, as one can appreciate, it is of similar value to his family,” police said in a news release.

Police have received information that attempts have been made to pawn the head-dress in several communities along the coast.

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