Textile Seminar

IARC Seminar

June 5–6, 2009

Textile SeminarTextile SeminarTop row (from left to right): Roy Kady, Bonnie Yazzie, Sarah Adeky, Joann George. Bottom row: Dan Betom, Julia George Betom, Katie Henio.Textile SeminarTop row (from left to right): Roy Kady, Bonnie Yazzie, Sarah Adeky, Joann George. Bottom row: Dan Betom, Julia George Betom, Katie Henio.

The Navajo textile documentation seminar brought members of the Navajo Nation and IARC staff members together to learn more about each other and 15 weavings in the IARC textile collection. Four weavers, one medicine man, and two translators attended the seminar to discuss the IARC textiles, which included saddle blankets, horse cinches, and wearing blankets.

Staff members learned about the symbolism of design motifs, technical aspects of the textiles, and the very personal and subjective nature of interpreting each weaving. Participants shared their personal histories, triumphs, and struggles as weavers, and emphasized the importance of saving the information for future generations.

The seminar discussions were recorded, and a copy was distributed to each seminar participant as well as to the Ramah Navajo Weavers Association in order to help pass on and preserve the knowledge gained during the two-day gathering.

Elysia Poon, Facilitator IARC Program Coordinator, School for Advanced Research
Sarah Adeky
Dan Betom
Julia George Betom
Joann George
Katie Henio
Roy Kady
Bonnie Yazzie

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

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