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Archive for Sunday, January 19, 2003

Museum records year in quilts

January 19, 2003

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"Winter Count in Quilts" is the theme of an American Indian Quilt Show on display on the third floor of Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., through Feb. 28.

The quilts were made by local artists Marilyn Thunder Hawk, Teresa Chief Eagle, Kepsey Fixico, Aletha Tom, and 9-year-old Cole Deo. They display designs based on American Indian events, myths or traditions, such as "Black Elk's Vision: the Flowering Tree," "Green Corn Quilt" and "Turtle Gathering Quilt." Traditional star quilts also are on display.

The Winter Count was a way American Indian tribes, particularly Plains Indians, recorded important events of a year in pictorial form. Winter Count pictographs were painted on buffalo hides and later on paper or cloth.

The exhibit can be seen during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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