The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will be hosting a touring exhibit, Ancestral Women, from November 3, 2018 to January 26, 2019.
Through hand-woven jacquard weavings the Ancestral Women Exhibit honors and celebrates elder women, one from each of the 12 Native American tribes in Wisconsin. These are women who have held families and communities together, and who kept traditions, cultures, and languages alive. They were (or are today) the glue in the fabric of their communities. Tribal members determined who they wished to see honored in this exhibit. They then provided photographs, which were redrawn and redesigned, creating the basis for the weaving. Other imagery was drawn into each piece as well, such as a clan symbol or a border that included traditional beadwork – something that helped tell a story about each woman and her tribe.
Ancestral Women was created by artist Mary Burns. She has woven numerous projects and has won many awards. She is also a writer of poetry and has written one novel.
More information about the exhibit: https://ancestralwomen.com/