Seattle Art Museum alters its Super Bowl bet

By: The Associated Press
January 29, 2014 Updated: January 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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photo - A Frederic Remington bronze statue of a cowboy riding a bucking horse, part of a collection on display inside the Denver Art Museum, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. In a friendly wager announced Monday, if the Broncos win the Super Bowl against the Seahawks Sunday, the Seattle Art Museum will send a Seahawk mask from its North Coast Native American collection to Denver for three months. If the Seahawks win, the Seattle museum gets the Remington statue for three months. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A Frederic Remington bronze statue of a cowboy riding a bucking horse, part of a collection on display inside the Denver Art Museum, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. In a friendly wager announced Monday, if the Broncos win the Super Bowl against the Seahawks Sunday, the Seattle Art Museum will send a Seahawk mask from its North Coast Native American collection to Denver for three months. If the Seahawks win, the Seattle museum gets the Remington statue for three months. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) 

SEATTLE — The Seattle Art Museum is modifying its friendly Super Bowl bet with the Denver Art Museum because of objections from a British Columbia tribal band.

The director of the Seattle museum, Kimerly Rorshchach, said Wednesday the Nuxalk Nation asked it to withdraw the offer of a raven mask, and it's doing so in respect for their wishes.

The band at Bella Coola, British Columbia, says the mask is a sacred ceremonial item.

In its place, the Seattle Art Museum is offering a 1901 Japanese painted screen showing an eagle on a seashore.

The Denver museum is putting up a Frederic Remington bronze of a cowboy on a bucking bronco.

The museum in the city losing Sunday's Seahawks-Broncos football game will send art to the winning city for a three-month exhibit.

 

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