Mary recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to provide funding for her Ancestral Women: Elders from Wisconsin’s 12 Tribes exhibit.
A little bit about the exhibit: The Ancestral Women project was conceived to portray the strength of ancestral women around the world, both elders and their contemporaries, and to honor their journeys. The first phase of this larger project features women elders from each of Wisconsin’s 12 Native American tribes, 11 of which are federally recognized, and one, the Brothertown Nation, which is seeking federal status. Mary is also weaving six clan pieces for the exhibit (bear, loon, eagle, marten, crane, turtle) and four landscape pieces that illustrate essential cultural practices (maple sugaring, harvesting wild rice, building a birch bark canoe, and a piece showing a rising sun over a lake that symbolizes a new day).
If you have an interest in this project, please take a look at the Kickstarter link. If you would like to give Mary a hand, we would be honored and very grateful. Or if you think the project has merit, but you don’t wish to contribute, we ask that you please share it via whatever social media you use – that could help a lot.
The experience of creating this exhibit has been amazing for us so far. We’ve met some extraordinary people who have welcomed us with great kindness and shared remarkable stories of their families. We’re been truly honored that they would offer us their trust.
The exhibit opens to the public in Wausau at the Center for Visual Arts on 9/23, and the reception is on 9/30. It should be a remarkable evening – please put it on your calendar!