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Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

“Remembrance and Resistance: Historical Encounters in the Baskets of Contemporary Native American Women Artists” by Dr. Kristin Schwain, University of Missouri

Contemporary Baskets by Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee)


Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, Evans Library (2nd Floor)
$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

Artists Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco), Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee), and Gail Tremblay (Onondaga/Micmac) address Native- and European-American encounters in their contemporary baskets. Weaving modern media, including 16 mm film and digital photographs, into traditional forms with time-honored techniques, these women present viewers with the historical documents that authorized colonization and the stereotypical images that continue to shape popular perceptions of Native life. In doing so, they create new encounters between past and present – as well as between indigenous and non-Native peoples – that underscore the union of remembrance and resistance.

Kristin Schwain is Associate Professor of American Art at the University of Missouri. Her recent research seeks to complicate the story of American modernism by examining the roles played by religion, race, region, and consumption in the production, display, and reception of American visual and material culture.

Image: Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, b. 1957), They Were Called Kings, 2013. Watercolor paper, archival inks, acrylic paint; plaiting.  Photography by Joe Johnson.

Basket Weaving Demos


October 18-December 13, 2019
Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine

Join local basket weaving group, the Coastal Basket Weavers, for demos, tips, and basket talk every Friday from 10:00 a.m. until...
Please note that there will be no demos on November 1 or November 29.



Kids' Woven Ornament Playshop
with Dean Brown

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center Galleries & Mezzanine
For ages 9–14
Cost: $5, Pre-registration required

Join basket weaver Dean Brown for a playshop just for kids.

After a guided tour of the galleries, bring your inspiration to the workshop where you will learn basic weaving techniques as you create a wonderful holiday decoration. You will leave with a completed ornament suitable for hanging along with an instruction sheet for future reference.  Suitable for beginners. All materials and tools provided.

Register online by Friday, October 18.
For more information contact textiles@fit.edu or (321)674-8313.

Select educational programming supported by the Bob and Jan Case Endowment for Student Enrichment.


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