Establishing Identity: The Social and Political Life of the Chief White Antelope Blanket (Part I)

Short Seminar

June 20–22, 2004

This seminar included microscopic research and analysis regarding the Chief White Antelope blanket's physical properties as well as in-depth discussions about its Navajo origin, history, and social life. The study was conducted in cooperation with the lineal descendents and Cheyenne tribal representatives. The Chief White Antelope blanket was purportedly taken from the body of Chief White Antelope at the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. It is currently housed in the collections of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research.

Kathy Whitaker, Chair Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research Textile Specialist and Author
Nancy J. Blomberg Curator of Native Arts, Denver Art Museum Specialist in Navajo Textiles and Author
Josie Caruso Independent Researcher, Society for Spanish Colonial Arts, Santa Fe, NM Textile Specialist
Jonathan Dover Ranger for the Department of Resource Development, The Navajo Tribe Lineal descendant of Chief White Antelope (Navajo/Cheyenne)
Susan Hart Independent Researcher Navajo Textile Specialist
Ann Lane Hedlund Director, Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies, University of Arizona Specialist in Navajo Textiles and Author
Rita Iringan Native American Heritage Coordinator, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research
Susan Brown McGreevy Director Emeritus, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico Anthropologist and Author
Shannon Parker Collection Manager, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research
Estévan Rael-Galvéz State Historian, Santa Fe, New Mexico Navajo-Hispanic borderlands specialist and Author
Marian Rodee Curator Emeritus, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico Navajo Textile Specialist and Author
Marilou Schultz Master Weaver (Navajo)

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