Ancestral Women

honoring our ancestors through handwoven jacquard portraits



AWE in Milwaukee

The Ancestral Women Exhibit is at the Milwaukee Public Museum! It will be on display from November 1-17, 2019, 10:00-2:00. (Note: Exhibit is closed November 3 & 10. On November 16-17, the hours will be 11:00-3:00.)

Events on Saturday, November 16:

  • A free, special talk with exhibit artist Mary Burns (11:00).
  • The Ancestral Women performance art piece (1:00 PM) on the Milwaukee Public Museum’s 2nd floor. General admission required.

We hope to see you there!

Mary and her husband John at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

AWE Current + Upcoming Dates

The Ancestral Women Exhibit is currently on display at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, from July 30—October 10.

In November, it will travel to the Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee, WI), from November 1—17. The opening reception is yet to be scheduled, but will take place during that timeframe.

Mary will offer a presentation about AWE on October 18 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, for the Learning in Retirement group at Nicolet College. (Please note that the full exhibit will not be on display; this is a presentation only.)

AWE in Woodruff

The Ancestral Women Exhibit will be at Holy Family Catholic Church, Woodruff, WI February 23 – March 3rd 2019. There will be an opening reception on Saturday February 23rd at 5:00. The reception will feature a performance by the Strawberry Moon Women Singers and Lac du Flambeau elder Tinker Schuman and Mary Burns will be speaking.Final.JPG.AWE.Holy Family 11x17.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits

The Ancestral Women Exhibit is on partial display at the Madeline Island Historical Museum on Madeline Island in Wisconsin. The portraits will be up until October 22, 2018.

After that, the complete exhibit will travel to Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI), where it will be on display from November 3, 2018, to January 31, 2019. There will be an opening reception on November 3.

AWE at the Indian Community School in Franklin, WI, 10/18/17 – January 2018

The Ancestral Women Exhibit will be at the beautiful Indian Community School into January of 2018. Call to visit if you’re in the area!

Indian Community School exhibit children
ICS children viewing the exhibit
Indian Community School exhibit
AWE set up in main entry for National Congress of American Indians visit on 10/18/17
Indian Community School exhibit site from stairs
current site (11/2/17) of AWE at the Indian Community School in Franklin, WI

AWE Exhibit at the Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference in New Mexico, 10/11/17

Hyatt Regency site of ATALM conference
Hyatt Regency on the Santa Ana Pueblo, site of the ATALM Conference
ATALM conference exhibit
Exhibit set up at Cottonwood Pavilion
ATALM conference honoring
Honoring Ceremony

Ancestral Women Exhibit Opens in Ashland, WI at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor CenterAWE poster

Booklet of the Exhibit with Histories of the Elders

Ancestral Women Booklet 9-29-16

Woven Clan Symbols

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Crane Clan
Mary Burns - Eagle-4803 copy
Eagle Clan
Mary Burns - Marten-4807 copy
Marten Clan
Loon Clan
Mary Burns - Turtle-4812 copy
Turtle Clan
Bear Clan

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