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Travels of the Crow (2007-9) used 13 artifacts to illustrate the Crow people’s transi-
tion from a farming culture to hunters, warriors and nomads.
representatives from many of today’s
Indigenous cultures.
As Webb quickly realized, sweep-
ing permanent exhibits like
Ancient
Americas
provide a sense of scope,
while smaller gallery installations
allow visitors the chance to focus on
one particular aspect of Native Amer-
ican culture.
She explains, “I am fascinated with the
human drive to be creative, especially
when it comes to everyday and ritual
objects. In my role in buying for the
Museum, I get to bring together arts
and crafts from many cultures around
the world to sell in our stores both
at the Museum and at our two stores
at O’Hare International Airport. On
the continental scale, the Museum’s
Ancient Americas
exhibit showcases
pottery from all over the Americas,
and we in turn offer a wide range of
ceramic pieces from North and South
America in the stores. At the more
personal level, our staff members get
to share the stories of inspiration like
that of Helen Cordera from Cochiti.
Visitors come to The Field Museum
from around the world, and it is great
to be able to offer this kind of infor-
mation to people who may never have
had an opportunity to learn about
these cultures.”
Modern People, Traditional Path:
Figurines From Cochiti Pueblo
(2003),
mentioned above, explored the
contemporary work being done to
reclaim a lost southwestern tradition
of figurative pottery.
50 Years of Pow-
wow in Chicago
(2003-4), product of a
collaboration between The Field and
the American Indian Center of Chi-
cago, explored the give-and-take be-
tween established traditions, cultures,
and languages and an urban world.
Transforming Tradition: Pottery from
Mata Ortiz
(2005-6) told the tale of
Juan Quezada and the rediscovery of
the potting techniques of the Ca-
sas Grandes culture and featured a
diverse range of modern handcrafted
pots (or ollas) donated by Leo and
Lois Damkroger. And
Travels of the
Crow
(2007-9), co-curated by Crow
cultural advisor George Reed, Jr., used
13 artifacts to illustrate the Crow peo-
ple’s transition from a farming culture
to hunters, warriors, and nomads.
“We are always looking for new work
to support our cultural gifts and
jewelry at the Museum Stores. Being
a part of the IACA has been a tre-
mendous asset to us, both in finding
artists at the IACA shows and through
the listing of artists during the year.
We are proud to be able to display the
IACA symbol in our stores, knowing
that authenticity in what we offer is a
valuable asset both to the artists and
the Museum as well,” Webb says.
Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior
,
opening in September 2013, fea-
tures the artwork of a contemporary
Pawnee/Yakama artist, activist, and
educator. Come see what’s in Store!
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