Floral Journey: The Hidden (or not so hidden) Language of Flowers in Native North American Beadwork
A talk by Lois Sherr Dubin
Floral Journey is the compelling story of how flower motifs— woven and embroidered in moose hair, porcupine quills, silk thread and glass beads—became an exquisite form of artistic expression, a source of much-needed income and a symbol of cultural resilience among numerous Native American tribes. Created by the women during a time of hardship and enforced cultural change, flowers became a perfect vehicle for allowing Native people to covertly maintain their own beliefs while giving the appearance of the assimilation of European values.
Ranging from individual to group expressions, most striking is the originality of designs and adaptations within each region’s unique aesthetic. Lois S. Dubin’s visually illustrated talk features Woodlands, Subarctic, Plains, Prairie and Plateau floral work from the 18th century until today.
Door opens at 5:30 pm
Tickets are free for students with valid ID, $5 for Douglas Society members, $10 for DAM members, $12 for others.
Sponsored by the Douglas Society, a DAM support group.
Image credit line: Ojibwe dance apron (detail), 1885. Courtesy: Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center; 1911.G.3