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March through May: New Exhibition: “Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Memory and Change in the Americas”

In the last of the four-part series on Sacred Geography, the Mariposa abounds with the rich and colorful art and traditions of the Americas exhibited in textiles, paintings and photography. One of the featured exhibits ”The Latin American Tapestries of Mary K. Merrill” captures scenes of Latin America and embodies Merrill’s knowledge and love of its landscapes and archeology. The use of luxuriant color and color blending defines the shaped areas that come together as a whole in each tapestry. She drew her deep personal inspiration from other weavers she met during her journeys, finding in weaving a place of connection where cultural barriers disappeared.

Sharing the space in the third-floor gallery is the breathtaking photography of Joe Coca, “Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes.” The exhibit of portraits of weavers in their landscapes honors their life’s work and commitment to keeping Peru’s 2,000 year-old textile traditions alive. The photos are part of the extensive collection contained in a book of the same name.

Exemplifying the textile traditions of one of our Native American cultures is the exhibit “Two Grey Hills: Navajo Weavings from the Teller Collection.” Barbara Teller Ornelas and her sister Lynda Teller Pete, fifth generation Navajo weavers, have shared examples of their families Two Grey Hills weaving. Made of hand spun yarn from the fleece of naturally colored local sheep in shades of gray, brown, black and white, “Two Grey Hills” are known around the world as the finest in Navajo weaving. In the spring the Mariposa will also host a presentation by Barbara Teller Ornelas.

Occupying the walls along the stairs are the original drawings of Angel Callanaupa Alvarez that are featured in the book, “Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu: Folk Tales and Stories of Inca Life” which was a collaboration with Vermont author Elizabeth Conrad VanBuskirk. At an early age Alvarez began expressing the folklore of his Quechua heritage in colorful painting, alive with the power of myth and dreams.

Other exhibit spaces in the Mariposa include exhibits of Huipiles (woven and embroidered blouses) from Mexico and Guatemala, Hopi Kachinas and artifacts from Peru and the Andes.

In complement to the exhibit throughout the next several months the Mariposa has an exciting schedule of programs and performances including “Latinas: Music by Women Composers and Arrangers of the Latin Americas,” the Film Premiere “The Great Turing; Interview with Joanna Macy” and an exciting series of “Spring Mariposa Afternoons.”

The books “Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes” and “Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu: Folk Tales and Stories of Inca Life” are both available in the Mariposa Gift shop that is also featuring jewelry and gifts from the Americas.

All programs and performances can be found on the Mariposa website The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

April 23, 2pm: MARIPOSA AFTERNOONS: "Made of Thunder, Made of Glass--American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast" Gerry Biron

Using examples, Gerry Biron will examine the historical context and currents that contributed to the emergence of “Souvenir” beadwork produced in the 19th century by the Northeast woodland tribes, including the Iroquois and Wabanaki. Aritist Gerry Biron, influenced by his ancestral heritage, has devoted himself to his artwork and to researching and restoring the exquisite beadwork created by the tribes of the Northeast for the last 200 years. He also wrote the definitive book on the topic of the same name as his presentation.

Admission: Free thanks to a generous grant from the NH Humanities Council. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

FIRST FRIDAY May 2nd, 7pm: Lakota Culturalist Jhon Duane Goes in Center presents, “Another America: An Aboriginal World View and Regional Landscapes”

As part of the Mariposa Museum’s ongoing exhibition Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Memory and Change in the Americas, First Friday, May 2nd at 7pm, Lakota culturalist Jhon Duane Goes in Center will offer a retrospective look at the way the ancient Lakota people saw their world and struck a relationship with creation. Reflecting on a time when “a reality existed in which Native people lived in a state of equilibrium with their environment,” Goes in Center will share stories and history that tell how the Lakota Oyate Nation relate to their ancestral homeland. Jhon Duane Goes In Center is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an advisor to the Oglala Lakota Tribal Historic Preservation Advisory Council. A dynamic teacher and speaker, with an education in museum studies, Goes in Center has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, served for 9 years as the first Native American trustee on the Board of the Denver Art Museum and was instrumental in the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation policies at the Denver Art Museum. He has been on the Faculty for the Aboriginal Leadership and Self-Governance Programs at the Banff Centre of Management in Banff, Alberta, Canada as well as serving on their Aboriginal Advisory Council. With a 17-year technical career with IBM, and he has combined his understanding of Geospatial Information Technologies and business with his knowledge of Native American cultures to advise and encourage emerging Native American leaders in their work to achieve systemic change on behalf of Native American communities and tribal governments. Through such endeavors, these opportunities promoted a relationship with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies as well as with cultural, educational, and science institutions. He is a renowned silversmith and traditional-style dancer with a deep reverence for the ancestral worldview and values of the Lakota Nation. Although known predominately as a silversmith, Goes In Center has mastered many other traditional artistic techniques within his Lakota culture, including stone and wood carving for traditional prayer pipes, bead and quillwork, feather-work, hide-tanning, rawhide work. Goes in Center's work has been published in several science and Native American journals. At the Mariposa from 6-7 pm there will be a reception for the ongoing exhibition: Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Memory and Change in the Americas. From 5-6pm is KidCraft: Spring Flowers All events for First Friday are free and open to the public.

May 7, 2pm: MARIPOSA AFTERNOONS "Tapestry Traditions" Connie Gray

Tapestry! Such beautiful pictorial art--all made of tiny fibers of colorful yarn! It looks so difficult, and the intricacy in creating a representational work of art can be extremely complex, but the basic concept is easy. Learn how tapestry weaving is done, from historical masterpieces to Mary Merrill's spectacular exhibit at the Mariposa and enjoy a “hands-on” experience in tapestry weaving. Connie Gray, a weaver since "summer camp days,” studies at NE Weavers Seminar, Harrisville Designs and NH Weavers Guild. She teaches at Sharon Arts Center, Weavers Guilds of Boston, & NH, and Farmsteads of NE. Her art is exhibited and sold throughout New England. Admission: $5:00; Members Free

May 9, 7pm: "World Tales" Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele

Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele combine hauntingly beautiful music with imaginative and inspired theatre to tell the tales of many cultures. Winner of the National Parenting Publications Honor Award, "World Tales" is "sometimes comical and sometimes dramatic but always inightful... a great way to be entertained while learning about other cultures and garnering some life lessons" Admission: Adult $10; Child $7; Member child $5

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Save the Date: May 3rd, 7pm—Mariachis, Margaritas and Mariposa—Spring Fundraiser

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