Sunday, July 11, 2010

Washinton DC to Butte Montana

In 2007 I had the good fortune to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. "Identity by Design" was on display.

It was wonderful! Here is the link to information about the display.There is a 'catalog' for the exhibit--"Identity by Design, tradition, change and celebration in native women's dresses", edited my Emil Her Many Horses.
This weekend we went to Butte for the National Folk Festival. This is the first time in 30+ years it has been held west of the Mississippi. Butte, America as it is known was the right venue for the western option. More than 100,000 attended. (Butte is unique. Many different nationalities arrive late in the 19th century to work in the mines and smelters. It was involved in the Labor Movement in America and has a very very colorful past!)

This was one of 6 simultaneous performances--Tony Ballog and Roma Nota. They were amazing!!
In the First Peoples' Marketplace I had the opportunity to see Mary Lou Big Day's traditional Crow
. I spoke with Mary Lou and she proudly told me she has received two national awards for her dolls. We also talked about the Crow Reservation (nearby  in Montana), the view from her home and how she goes about crafting her dolls.

If you can get the book/catalog of Identity by Design through Amazon or on inter library loan, I know you would enjoy it. And if you get a chance to see Mary Lou's dolls, she will be in Santa Fe soon, you will be enchanted!

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