The spring 2021 SAR In-Depth courses are all taught online so participants can join from anywhere. These courses offer one of the most unique ways for SAR members to engage with leading scholars in a small group format. Explore the full spring line up here.
This course explores the work of artist Venancio Aragon through the lens of Diné weaving philosophy and Critical Indigenous Studies. Aragon will interweave history, anthropology, and art to highlight the importance of preserving Native art forms and their power to create change. The course will be taught in three sessions that will each provide a space to learn and discuss topics of importance relating to the overall theme of Diné weaving as narrative.
The first session will focus on the origins of Diné weaving and provide a comparative analysis of Diné oral histories and Anthropological constructions. The second session will explore the influences of designs and materials on Diné weaving in the post 1860’s Reservation era. The third session will examine the Neo-contemporary era of Diné weaving and a discussion of deconstructing how Diné textiles are catalogued by non-Native scholars.
Course Leader: Venancio Aragon
Venancio Aragon is a citizen of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Aragon first began learning his art from his mother at the age of ten. He earned degrees in cultural anthropology and Native American and Indigenous studies. Aragon has found methods of fusing his education and culture into his art by researching ancient textiles and techniques, spinning and dyeing fiber and weaving tapestries. Aragon views Navajo weaving as a way to preserve his cultural identity by promoting the continuation and practice of his ancestor’s legacy. Aragon was the 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native artist fellow at SAR.
This course will take place across three sessions:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
Thursday, March 4, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 // 10:00 am (Mountain Time)
SAR member: $150 // Course fee + one year Arroyo Hondo membership: $200
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