A Honda stolen from a driveway in southeast Park Hill on Monday night contained two suitcases of traditional handmade Osage clothing and family heirlooms.
The family victimized by the theft is devastated and is asking for the public’s help in returning the otherwise irreplaceable items.
“These clothes have been worn by multiple members of our family over multiple generations,” said Ben Jacobs, whose family owns Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery, in Denver.
The vehicle stolen was a navy blue Honda CRV, Colorado license 988-WET, Jacobs said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
“While the car is replaceable and meaningless, there were many family heirlooms inside the vehicle that are priceless and irreplaceable,” Jacobs said in the post.
Jacobs’s mother had just returned from Oklahoma, driving 12 hours after attending Osage I’nlonshka ceremonial dances. The trunk contained several suitcases of the traditional, family-made Osage clothes.
“Many of these heirlooms have been passed down through generations of our family, including an eagle wing fan that belonged to our great uncle Harold Redcorn and a fan gifted to our mother by her own grandfather,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs’s grandmother, who passed away in 1986, was a master ribbon worker who made by hand the clothing that was stolen. Some of the stolen items date back a century. Family pieces stolen have been worn by multiple family members over three generations.
- A pair of women’s moccasins recently made and beaded by an 80-year-old Osage elder
- Two fingerwoven women’s belts and a girl’s broadcloth ribbon work skirt
- A man’s suit, two sets of leather leggings and broadcloth ribbon work breechcloth
- A boy’s broadcloth suit, leggings and breechcloth
- Men’s and boy’s moccasins, an eagle wing fan, beaded bandoliers
The clothing was in two vintage brown and blue hard-sided suitcases. The family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the suitcases and heirlooms.
Denver police are investigating the incident, said Sean Towle, a police spokesman.
Anyone with information on the case, or who spots the Honda or the distinctive clothing, is asked to call Denver Crime Stoppers 720-913-7867.
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