Woven Kin: Exploring Representation and Collaboration in Navajo Weaving
Teresa Montoya (Diné), M.A. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Denver, and Anne Ray Native Intern
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm
This presentation explores the relationship between representational strategies and the employment of critical indigenous methodologies in the display of Navajo weavings in both Native and non-Native museums. Included is a personal reflection about the development of an exhibition, “Na’ashjé’ii Bikq’ Biyiin (Chant of the Male Spider): A Holistic Journey with Diné Weaver Roy Kady,” that reveals both the rewards and challenges of collaborative exhibition-making by two members of the Navajo community.