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Moose hair embroidery is among the least studied and written about forms of visual art by Indigenous women of the Eastern Woodlands. Created as domestic objects or commercial souvenirs, scholars have only recently begun to consider these categories suitable subjects for academic study. To push beyond the conventions of the Western art historical canon, researchers must use innovative approaches to their study.
Join us for a fun evening as we look at Wendat moose hair embroidery from important collections such as the Denver Art Museum, the Canadian Museum of History, and the National Museum of Denmark. This lively presentation by Dr. Annette de Stecher will explore how using material culture methods together with community-based and archival research provides us with new ways of seeing and understanding this unique art form. Recovering knowledge of Indigenous expertise, practices, and the identity of artists brings the histories of these artworks and the voices of their creators to the forefront.
Dr. Annette de Stecher is an assistant professor in the department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A specialist in historical and contemporary Native North American visual arts, Dr. de Stecher’s areas of expertise include museum and curatorial studies and material culture research, with a focus on eastern Woodlands and Inuit art.
Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.
Image: Huron artist, Table covering, mid-1800s. Wool and moose hair. Gift of Werner and Judith Neuman, 2016.4