2,000 years of Ancestral Pueblo weaving


Dr. Laurie Webster

On Friday, Aug. 17, Dr. Laurie Webster will present “Pueblo Weaving and the Tenacity of Tradition: The First Two Thousand Years.” The presentation, part of the 2012 Four Corners Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and is free and open to the public.

The dry preservation conditions of the arid American Southwest have yielded an unbroken record of Pueblo weaving spanning two thousand years. In her presentation, Dr. Webster will provide an overview of ancestral Pueblo weaving traditions, and she will discuss the impacts of Spanish and American colonial contact on Pueblo textile production and the perpetuation of this ancient craft among contemporary Pueblo communities.

Dr. Webster is an anthropologist from Mancos who specializes in Southwestern perishable material culture. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Her publications include the edited volume “Beyond Cloth and Cordage: Archaeological Textile Research in the Americas” and the book “Collecting the Weaver’s Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles,” as well as numerous journal articles about archaeological perishables.

Organized by a consortium of area organizations, the Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations by guest speakers from around the Southwest. This year’s theme is “Crossroads of Arts and Cultures.” All lectures are free. The location of the lectures rotates among the sponsoring organizations.

This year’s sponsors are the Anasazi Heritage Center, the Bureau of Land Management, the Cortez Cultural Center, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, KSJD Dryland Community Radio, Mesa Verde National Park, the Mesa Verde Museum Association, and the Office of the President and Department of Anthropology atFort Lewis College.

For more information, call 564-4396 or 800-422-8975, ext. 136.