Ancestral Women

honoring our ancestors through handwoven jacquard portraits

AWE in Woodruff, WI, 2/23/2019

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.

AWE on Madeline Island, WI, until 10/22/2018

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

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

AWE 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

All 12 Ancestral Women Woven Portraits

Marie Estelle Webster Gilane and her grandmother Julia Bennett – Bad River Band
Diana Miller and her grandmother Che-mon Louise Amour – Menominee Tribe
Alice Ackley Randall – Sokaogon Chippewa Community
Harriet LaFernier Balber 3
Harriet Theresa La Fernier Balber – Red Cliff Band
Dr. Rosa HIll 2
Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka Hill – Oneida Tribe
Harriet LaSargeWeaving
Harriet LaSarge – St. Croix Chippewa
Mary Tuckwob George1 weaving
Mary Waubiness George – Forest County Potawatomi
Polly Moore DeGroat – Brothertown Indian Nation
Bernice Davids Miller Pigeon – Stockbridge-Munsee Band
Emma Pettibone – Ho-Chunk Nation
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Tinker Schuman, Eagle Woman – Lac du Flambeau Band
Lucy Begay_Mary Burns-8512 copy
Lucy Mustache Begay – Lac Courte Oreilles Band

Ancestral Women Exhibit in Wausau, WI, 11/12/2016

inside the exhibit hall
Arlene Alloway with the woven portrait of her mother Mary Waubiness George


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