Left to right: Wedge Weave Blanket, ca. 1880-1885 (Catalog No. 2004-747-1; Gift of Heather and Oliver Sigworth); Lillie Joe (c. 1940-), Teec Nos Pos Outline rug, 1984; A selection of historic weaving tools and baskets. Left & right photos, Jannelle Weakly.
Arizona State Museum invited three weavers and one scholar to organize this exhibition, which was open to the public from October 2004 through May 2005 in the museum’s galleries.
The site is divided into three topics: 19th-Century Blankets from the museum's permanent collections; 20th-Century Rugs from two private collections on loan to ASM; and 21st-Century Views about designs, materials, culture, and history are found in the comments by the curators throughout the virtual galleries.
In addition to galleries the site features video presentations by the curators; activities; and slideshows of the original 2004-05 exhibition installation and program events.
Barbara, Sierra and Michael Ornelas represent three artists at different stages of their careers, linked by their mutual respect and dynamic sharing of ideas. All three are award-winning weavers of fine tapestries in the Two Grey Hills style. In this creative family, traditional Navajo values combine with fresh outlooks and contemporary approaches to art and life.
Ann Lane Hedlund is a cultural anthropologist and well-known author who has worked with southwestern weavers and museum collections for three decades. She and the Ornelas family have known each other since the 1980s.