Lecture: American Indian Beadwork–The Functional Roles of Ethnic Art

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Date(s): Sunday, March 23

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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Join curator and UT anthropology professor Dr. Michael H. Logan for a lecture, “American Indian Beadwork–The Functional Roles of Ethnic Art”–which will explore the exhibit Brightly Beaded: American Indian Glass Beadwork.

Among American Indians during the 19th and early 20th century, there was no art for the sake of art. Rather, all items that were artistically embellished held functional roles that extended far beyond the realm of aesthetics. In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Logan will explore these functional roles, which ranged from the utilitarian and sacred, to militarism, status, and socialization of children. Primary emphasis will be given to beaded art from the Plains culture area and how it served both as a symbol of ethnicity, as well as a political strategy for peaceful coexistence with whites and a “hidden transcript” for conveying Indian displeasure with U.S. governmental policies.

The lecture will be in the McClung Museum auditorium and is free and open to the public