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

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Get behind-the-scenes access to the Avenir Collections Center and see a selection of Navajo textiles from the Crane Collection. View highlights from the 400-piece collection with expert Navajo weavers D. Y. Begay and Lynda Teller Pete and textile specialists Laurie Webster and Louise Stiver. Explore cultural and historical perspectives on materials, imagery, and weaving techniques in an engaging small group setting. Capacity is limited.

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–An Exploration of Navajo Weaving

May 9–Indigenous Film: Weaving Worlds 





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