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Pemon Indigenous commute on a bus toward Germany's embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Representatives of Venezuela's Pemon Indian tribe staged a protest outside Germany's embassy to demand the immediate repatriation of a rock they call the "Kueka Stone,” which is on public display in a Berlin park. A faction of Pemon Indians say the rock is an incarnation of their grandmother and they believe that the 1997 removal of the artifact by a German artist has resulted in natural disasters including a mudslide that killed thousands. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Pemon Indigenous commute on a bus toward Germany's embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Representatives of Venezuela's Pemon Indian tribe staged a protest outside Germany's embassy to demand the immediate repatriation of a rock they call the "Kueka Stone,” which is on public display in a Berlin park. A faction of Pemon Indians say the rock is an incarnation of their grandmother and they believe that the 1997 removal of the artifact by a German artist has resulted in natural disasters including a mudslide that killed thousands. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Tribe demands return of sacred stone

June 26, 2012

Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld's sculptures in a Berlin park

were meant to promote world peace, but the 79-year-old German now finds

himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe which accuses him of stealing a

sacred pink stone known to them as "Grandmother." (Reuters)