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Sacred Geography: Many Cultures, One Earth
Opens March 1, 2013
For a year, the Mariposa will explore the world through the faiths of the world's cultures. Through special exhibitions, films, lectures, and performances we will we will listen to the voices of ancient wisdom, explore the mythology of sacred sites, follow stunning pilgrimage routes, and investigate the roots of faith and conflict, reminding us that while we have diverse beliefs, we are also a single human family sharing a beautiful but fragile planet.
Featured Exhibit: A World in Paper: Paper Relief Illustrations by Children's Book Author Giles Laroche.
On View: Four interconnected exhibits are featured concurrently throughout this period:
The Latin America Tapestries of Mary K. Merrill Hancock, N.H. artist Mary Merrill found inspiration for her vividly-hued tapestries in the landscapes of Central and South America. But she drew her deepest personal inspiration from the indigenous weavers she met during her travels, finding in weaving a place of connection where cultural barriers disappeared.
Two Grey Hills: Navajo Weavings from the Teller Family Collection: Barbara Teller Ornelas and her sister Lynda Teller Pete are fifth generation Navajo weavers now passing on skills to a 7th generation. While they enjoy sharing the Navajo Way of weaving with others, including non-Navajos, "We maintain privacy with the prayers and songs that go into our textiles."
Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu. Raised in Peru's Sacred Valley, artist Angel Callanaupa Alvarez began expressing the folklore of his Quechua heritage in colorful paintings at an early age. Alive with the power of myth and dreams, these paintings are now featured in the collaborative book, Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu: Folk Tales and Stories of Inca life, with Vermont author Elizabeth Conrad VanBuskirk.
Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes. Breathtaking photography from Joe Coca honors the exquisite faces, landscapes, and life's work of weavers who have kept the thread of Peru's 2,000 year-old textile traditions alive.
Also on View: Huipiles (woven and embroidered blouses) from Mexico and Guatemala reveal enduring Mayan cosmology; Weavings from Peru; and a look at how indigenous people of the Amazon are using technology — and the courts — to save sacred lands and cultures from destruction by multinational oil companies, hydroelectric projects, and other modern-day threats.
When children are raised with respect and curiosity towards
other cultures, the world will know more peace and less war.
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