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An Exploration of Navajo Weaving

The legacy of Navajo weaving is complex and intertwined with the history of the Navajo people. In recent years, four women—two anthropologists and two indigenous artists—formed a unique collaboration to study the Navajo weavings at the Museum, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. The result of their work is presented in the new book Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, published by the Museum and University Press of Colorado. During this event, accomplished Navajo weavers D. Y. Begay and Lynda Teller Pete will share personal reflections and insights from their work, and Southwestern textile specialists Louise Stiver and Laurie Webster will discuss changes in the Navajo textile market and the collecting of Navajo textiles. 

Laurie D. Webster is an independent researcher and a textile consultant specializing in Southwestern textile traditions. She is also a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Louise I. Stiver is a museum consultant specializing in research and content development and the former senior curator at the Palace of the Governors at the New Mexico History Museum.

D. Y. Begay is a weaver from a lineage of esteemed Navajo weavers. Her tapestries have been collected by both private and major museums in North America and Europe and featured in international publications. She has co-curated exhibits at the Kennedy Museum of Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and is a recipient of the Lifetime Contributions to Native American Art Award.

Lynda Teller Pete is a fifth-generation Navajo weaver who grew up weaving Two Grey Hills tapestries, taught by her mother and sisters. She has won several textile awards, including Best of Division and Best of Classification at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2011 and Best of Division again in 2013. She recently appeared in a 2016 segment of Craft in America.

 

Additional Navajo weaving programs: 

April 28–Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Look at Navajo Textiles 

May 9–Indigenous Film: Weaving Worlds 

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