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contacted the Zuni Pueblo to initiate repatriation. While information about the donor is unknown, these figures were often stolen from open altars on Zuni lands in the 20th century. On August 30, 2018, the figure was returned in a private cere- mony, then Zuni elders and college officials exchanged gifts in a public ceremony. The college screened a documentary about Zuni lifeways, and Zuni representatives answered questions from the audience. CRIME & LEGAL ISSUES Three Mississippian vessels stolen from Moundville near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have been recovered in August and returned to the site. They are in good condition with original tags intact. In 1980, 264 ceramic works were stolen from the Erskine Ramsey Archaeological Repository on the Moundville site and today are valued around $3 million. A database was published with information about the stolen works at museums.ua.edu/oar/ stolenartifacts and the reward for infor- mation about the theft was increased to $25,000. IN MEMORIAM Nancy Blomberg, chief curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum, died on September 2, 2018. She was born Nancy Jean Bastian on August 25, 1946, in Aurora, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at University of Illinois. There she met Art Blomberg, whom she married in 1968. She then pursued her master’s degree at California State University, Northridge, and wrote her thesis on ethnological storage. Her museum career began at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art (now Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center) followed by the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She edited and wrote numerous books. “Nancy helped to shape the field of American Indian art and expand its recognition in the broader art world,” John Lukavic, the Denver Art Museum’s curator of Native arts, told the New York Times. In her memory, her husband and the Denver Art Museum created the Nancy Blomberg Acquisitions Fund for Native American Art. above Nancy Blomberg (1946–2018). Image courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. opposite Grand prize winner of the 23rd annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show: Martha Berry (Cherokee Nation), Orange Monster’s Masquerade Ball, 2017, glass seed beads, wool, cotton, silk, wool yarn, 36 × 18 × 2 in. Image courtesy of the artist. WINTER 2018/19 | 15