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Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala

Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Saturday, December 13, 2014

Curated by Roxane Shaughnessy and organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada

Ancestry and Artistry explores the rich textile culture of the Maya of Guatemala. The curator, Roxane Shaughnessy, notes:

"Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Through an array of textiles patterned with evocative designs rich in iconography, Ancestry and Artistry traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation."

In addition to a stunning array of embroidered and woven garments, the exhibition will feature a selection of works by contemporary artists Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel, and photo-journalist Jean-Marie Simon. Further information can be found at found

Organized by the Textile Museum of Canada. An illustrated catalogue is available.

Research Symposium

The Many Facets of Textile Use and Production in Mesoamerica
Gallery Hall, TFDL, University of Calgary
(co-sponsored by Nickle Galleries, Latin American Research Centre and the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology)

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition Events: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 5:00pm
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm


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