From Trading Posts to Today: The Commodification of American Indian Arts

Sunday, November 8, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Fowler - Lecture/Classroom - A103B - Lenart Auditorium


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Free and open to the public.


Fowler Museum at UCLA
(310) 267-4007


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This afternoon program pairs two speakers who discuss how diverse Native American artworks have circulated in commercialized systems. Kathy M’Closkey, author of Swept Under the Rug: A Hidden History of Navajo Weaving (2008), chronicles the historical background evidenced by trading post archives, while Jim Enote of the Zuni Nation exposes the development of “pseudo-ceremonial” Zuni works of art.

The program concludes with a screening of 'Weaving Worlds,' a documentary film that highlights the untold stories of artists and dealers involved in the making and selling of Diné (Navajo) rugs. The film presents a compelling portrait of the economic and cultural struggles that Diné (Navajo) weavers face in a time of increased globalization.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.

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