Monday, March 3, 2014
Indian Fair & Market
One of the other major events this past weekend was the 56th Annual Heard Museum Guild's Indian Fair & Market. I went on Sunday and was pleased that the rains had passed over night and it was a beautiful Arizona winter day. One of the things I love about this event is meeting and talking to the vast array of artists. Above is Susan Hudson of "Traditional Woman Quilts". She posed for my photo in front of her prize-winning quilt that was telling a history of reservation life. The bottom row represents the period where children were taken away from the reservation to attend special schools designed to integrate them into a white society. The wheels of the carts are handcuffs to emphasize the fact that they were taken away against their will. The second row represents how they looked when they entered the schools in their traditional Native American clothing. The top row represents how they looked after leaving the school after they were given new clothing to make them fit in 'our' society.
Fortunately, this experiment in integration didn't work very well, and we are still blessed to be able to view and experience the beautiful traditions, food, artwork, and clothing they generously share with us.
Susan said she wouldn't be able to see my post because there is no internet where she lives. She doesn't have a web site for the same reason.
I'll introduce you to two more artists tomorrow.