Ancestral Women

honoring our ancestors through handwoven jacquard portraits

92 Supporters as of 9/25/16 – So Grateful!!! Thank you!!!


Ader, Joanne and John

Alfery, Christine

Andrews, Carne

Bates, Callie

Bates, David

Bates, Eowyn

Bergeon, Toni

Bogdan, Val

Bormann, Dan and Jean

Brandt, Meta Reigel

Brossard, Deb

Burch, Martha and Kurt

Burns, Jean (Major Sponsor)  

Burns, Nancy

Burns, Patrick

Cortright, Daisy

Currie, Ann & Jeff

Daulton, Terry

Debbink, Jeanne

Drawz, Ken and Sharon

Drum, Alan and Sue

Egan, Ann

Engstrom, Bev

Fauntleroy, Denise (Major Sponsor)

Fenner, Andrea

Gabler, Michael

Gager, Walt and Donna

Geagan, Donya

Nautiyal, Geetika

Gennrich, Jim and Katie

George, Patrice

Golden, Mel

Grajek, Bambi

Henrich, Andrea and Jerry

Hermanson, John

Hilmer, Elaine

Hobbins, Deborah

Hougan, Paula

Howard, Ron and Elizabeth

Huston, Mary Jean

Immler , Pam Thul

Ingersoll, Maryjane

Kehl, Marena

Kmiecik, Gary

Knight, Susan

Koch, Dave and Carol

Kornowski, Paul

Kovar, Bob

Krembs, Sarah

Lake Country Weaver’s Guild

Langreck, Bernie & Peggy Bronsberg

Lennhoff, Tasha Turner

Lepak, Kathleen

Marcquenski, Catherine

Marcquenski, Sue

Marshall, Ed

Mastalski, Joe and Linda

McMahon, Ellen

Michael and Liz

Millen, Barbara

Mladenoff, David

Mode, Sally and Mitch

Muehllehner, Ursula (Major Sponsor)  

Muender, Sara (Major Sponsor)

O’Hara, Sheila

Peterson, Jessica

Petulla, Nancy and Bob

Pflieger, Mark and Mary

Pierce, Gail Gilson

Preston, Marilynn

Prine, Linda

Quate, Valerie

Reed, Renee

Schmelling, Chris

Schumaker, Debbie

Sedam, Scott and Jana

Sharka, Rod and Myrtle

Slone, M J

Smith, Alice W. (Major Sponsor)

Swartout, Jim  and Jenny (Major Sponsor)

Swisher, Kim

Theisen, Gary

Thiede, Wendy and Dick

Tornes, Beth

Troudt , Mark and Chris

Uihlein, Lynde

Vestby, Vibeke

Waisbrot, Ann and Tony

Waller, Maribeth

Weber, Cathy Logan

Wiese, Barbara Fay

Wulff, Georgia

Zindel, Jan

Exhibit Installed 9/20/16 at Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI!!

Tinker Schuman and Mary Burns in front of Ancestral Women exhibit 9/20/16

Canoe Building

weaving of birch bark canoe building

Julia Zhiibayaash Bennett and Marie Webster Gilane – Bad River Ojibwe

weaving of Julia Zhiibayaash Bennett and Marie Webster Gilane – Bad River Ojibwe


Diana Miller and her Grandmother Louise Chemon Amour

weaving of Diana Miller and her Grandmother Louise Chemon Amour – Menominee


Alice Randall Ackley

Weaving of Alice Randall Ackley ricing – Mole Lake (Sokaogon) Ojibwe
Loon Clan

Update 8/18/16 – Kickstarter Closed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

81 wonderfully supportive, generous souls came forward to support Mary’s Ancestral Women exhibit, and we are both amazed and deeply appreciative. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and the middle and top, too)!

There’s a ton yet to do to complete all the components of the exhibit, but now we at least have the financial means to make it all happen. Now if there’s only enough time to get everything done . . . we’ll make it – we promise. The exhibit dates are September 23 – November 12, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Come to the reception – September 30 at the CVA in Wausau, 5:00 – 7:00. It should be a wonderful celebration of these women.

Much love and gratitude to all,

Mary and John


Wahoo! Mary made her Kickstarter goal for her Ancestral Women exhibit! What an amazing feeling to be so kindly and generously supported by our friends and community. We’re enormously grateful – thank you to all who have helped in any manner, whether financial or simply sending positive energy.

We hope folks try to make the exhibit’s 9/30 opening at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau. Tinker Schuman, one of the elder’s portrayed in the exhibit, will speak and sing, and we expect others – grandchildren, etc. – of the elders to be there as well.

There’s four days left in the Kickstarter campaign. We have a stretch goal of producing a book of the elders portrayed in the exhibit. Anything we receive beyond our goal will go toward production of the book. So, if you still have an inclination to support the exhibit, your contribution will go towards something very worthwhile. See:

No worries, one way or the other. We’re just thrilled that so many people cared to help us. A thousand thanks.

Mary and Tinker
Tinker Schuman and Mary Burns with Tinker’s portrait

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