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Hopi artist Abel Nash and MNA registrar Amber King will go Inside MNA’s Fine Arts Collection to discuss aesthetics, symbolism, and history of MNA’s extensive Hopi artwork collection.
We invite you to come celebrate the diverse set of Native communities on the Colorado Plateau, and their rich artistic and cultural traditions. Experience Indigenous culture in both traditional and contemporary mediums in this two day event. Not only is this a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift, it is also an important opportunity to support local Native artists whose income has been impacted by the pandemic.
High School cultural studies teacher Junior Goh and MNA Archivist Melissa Lawton will look Inside MNA's Archives and discuss the various items that we house. A specialist in Navajo history and culture, Goh will give valuable insight on the complex social history of the Diné.
Archivist Melissa Lawton will share Tourism Maps of the Southwest and other depictions of the region from the MNA archives and discusses what they divulge about attitudes toward land and tourism.
Diné cultural leader Steve Darden will share insight on plants Inside MNA’s Herbarium, their uses, and cultural views on who has access to that knowledge.
Archaeologist and Historian David Purcell will share artifacts found along six miles of Route 66 that crosses the Petrified Forest National Park. Over 11,000 artifacts provide surprising insights to the mid-twentieth century motoring experience.
Chair of Anthropology Kelley Hays-Gilpin and Hopi artist Bobby Silas will review pottery Inside MNA’s Anthropology Collection and discuss symbols, history, and design.
Anthropology Collections Manager Anthony Thibodeau will guide visitors through MNA’s Ethnographic Collections, looking at the influence of Pop Culture in Native arts and its use in traditional practices of art making.