Utah State University Prehistoric Museum presents Weaving a World: Special Events

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The Utah State University Prehistoric Museum presents Weaving a World: Special Events, Saturday, September 7, 2019. These events compliment the current special exhibition Weaving a World: A way of life in the Four Corners and are included with admissions.


Lecture: 3:00 – 4:00pm

Larry Dalrymple – The Relationships Between The Navajo, Southern Paiute And Ute And The Ceremonial Basket.

Larry Dalrymple lecture will cover the dramatic changes in Navajo basketry and the way of life that occurred due to confinement on the northwestern part of the Navajo Reservation, as the Navajo incorporated available resources in the mountains and deserts into their basketry. Intermarriage between the Ute, Southern Paiute, and Navajo has been an important aspect of weaving in the northwest part of the reservation since the early 1900s, particularly the Paiute Strip and White Mesa. The weavers brought their own skills to making the ceremonial basket but never changed the design or construction techniques required by the Hatalli (medicine Man).

Larry Dalrymple grew up in Ogden Utah. He received his Bachelor Degree from Weber State College and completed work at Utah State University toward a Masters in Latin American and European history. In 1994, after teaching in high school and college in California, he worked in the education department of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lives today. He is the author of “Indian Basketmakers of California and the Great Basin”, and “Indian Basketmakers of the

Southwest”. Several of the baskets highlighted in these publications are also featured in the Weaving a World exhibition in the Special Exhibitions gallery.

Weaving Demonstration: 2:00-3:00 / 4:00-5:00

Edith Tahe -Traditional Navajo loom weaving in the Special Exhibitions Gallery.

Edith Tahe will show how the Navajo rugs in the Weaving a World exhibition were made. She is a Navajo rug weaver from Oljeta Chapter House near Monument Valley. She learned weaving from her husband’s family and has been weaving for nearly 30 years. Edith prefers new and challenging designs using natural colors. Her rugs are often “sheep to the loom” which means she sheers the sheep, prepares and spins the wool, and finally weaves it into a rug.

Silent Auction: Starts at 9:00 am Saturday September 7th 

A small number of rugs and baskets from the Weaving a World Exhibition will be part of a silent auction at the museum. Proceeds from sales will help support future special exhibitions like this at the museum. Auction ends at 5:00pm Saturday November 9.

The USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum features fossils and artifacts from Utah. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission rates apply.