The Center of Southwest Studies and the Native American Center will host a Navajo weaving demonstration and talk in the center’s museum gallery on Thursday, Nov. 9, in honor of Native American Heritage Week at Fort Lewis College.
At noon, Zefren Anderson will give a talk on the history of Navajo weaving titled “A New Perspective on Navajo Weaving and Traditional Insights.” From 1-4 p.m., Anderson, along with Aretta Begay and Kevin Aspaas, will demonstrate the weaving of a Navajo “striped” blanket. The public is welcome to come and go during the ongoing demonstration.
The demonstration is made possible by Diné be’ iiná Inc., a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Diné be’ iiná, means “the way that we, the people live.” They seek to preserve, protect, and promote the Navajo way of life, encourage the participation and cooperation of the Navajo people among themselves and with other people and organizations, and engage in research, education, development, establishment and promotion of projects and activities that further these ends.
This event is free to the public. Parking permits are required before 5 p.m. on campus during the academic semesters.
The Center of Southwest Studies, now in its 53rd year, provides an active program of free public lectures and events year-round at its museum, research library, and archives facility at Fort Lewis College.
For more information, call 970-247-7456 or visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu.