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Calendar 2010

July 17, Sunday
1pm – 4:30pm

Black Mesa Weavers: Enduring Vision, Sustaining Community:
A Conversation and Film Screening

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of contemporary Navajo weavers. Discover their continued creativity and the struggles for economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving.

In this public conversation, poet, artist, and cultural anthropologist Carol
Halberstadt will talk about the Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land, a project dedicated to protecting Navajo weaving traditions and the Churro sheep upon which it depends. Verna Clinton, Navajo activist and educator, will share her first-hand experiences growing up as the daughter of a Hataalii (medicine man), and a weaver and devoted raiser of Churro sheep. Then, Navajo weaver Lorraine Herder, one of the weavers featured in the film Weaving Worlds, will demonstrate Navajo weaving techniques passed down through her family.

Immediately following a refreshment break, we will screen the one-hour film Weaving Worlds, Navajo Tales of How the West was Spun. In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. The film artfully relates the Navajo concepts of kinship and reciprocity with the human and cultural connections to sheep, wool, water and the land, showing how indigenous artisans strive for cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in the face of globalization by "reweaving the world."

Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Reserve your seat now. Space is limited. Register online or call 408.971.0323 x14. Advance tickets $50 general admission; $40 members and students. Tickets at the door, if available: $60 general admission; $50 members & students.