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Buckskin to Broadcloth Exhibition
Sun. 10 Mar. 2019, 1-3 p.m. | Gallery Talk 1:30 p.m.
Buckskin to Broadcloth:
The Changing Tide of Trade & Culture
w/Gallery Talk by Native American studies scholar Douglas Rodgers (Professor Emeritus of History, University of Montevallo) – 1:30 p.m.
Historically, the cultural impact of trade often finds expression in the adaptation of “foreign” materials to local needs, and the reinterpretation of unfamiliar aesthetics through indigenous artistry. To folklorists, anthropologists, and art historians, the integration of the new with the traditional charts a visual narrative of cultural change.
“Buckskins to Broadcloth” showcases a collection of items typical to trade with and in Native American communities during the 18th and 19th centuries, dispersed over a region roughly correspondent to what is now the Southeastern United States.
Items on display include weapons, cookware, furs, fabrics, brass, silver, lace, beads of glass, and numerous examples of Native American attire and adornment, both original and reproduced.
Visitors to “Buckskins to Broadcloth” also receive admission to the Martin Petroglyph installation, which features prehistoric carvings and artifacts dating from the prehistoric period into the 19th century.
“Buckskins to Broadcloth” runs 03/10 – 05/10, 2019.