Telluride Museum continues lecture series December 3

Telluride Museum continues lecture series December 3

[click “Play” to hear Dr. Webster talk about pre-European Southwestern textiles]

Webster, Oaxaca coast Telluride Unearthed, a lectures series at the Telluride Historical Museum, continues on Thursday, December 3, with guest speaker Dr. Laurie Webster. The subject: “The Telluride Blanket in Context: An Overview of Prehistoric Weaving in the Southwest.”

Dr. Webster is an independent scholar and textile consultant based in Mancos, Colorado. She is also a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the U of A in 1997. Since the mid-1980s, she has been involved with the study of Southwestern textiles, including, especially now, prehistoric weaving.

Anasazi twill blanket (Kent 1983, Pl. 14) One of the most extraordinary prehistoric textiles from the Southwest, a large striped cotton blanket, is curated at the Telluride Historical Museum. Dr. Webster’s talk will put the Telluride blanket into the big picture, by introducing her audience to the remarkable weaving traditions of the Southwest prior to European contact. People who think that early indigenous people ran around in skins and hides are in for a big surprise.

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