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Four Corners, Many Hands: Historic Navajo Textiles from the Collection of Sam and Brenda Crissman

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until June 30, 2021

The Crissman’s have been collecting Navajo weavings for over two decades. They still own the 1910 Crystal textile which they bought at Cameron Trading Post in the 1990s. Since that first purchase, they have acquired pieces from galleries, shows, auctions, and private collectors. The Crissman collection focuses on Transitional Period (1868-1890) weavings, an innovative period when weavers were experimenting with color and design. As can be seen in the selections from their collection on view here, the Crissmans have an eye for unique pieces with unusual designs and bold colors. The Crissmans have an appreciation and respect for the weaver’s trials, how she labored to shear, card, spin, and weave a work of art, and for the conceptual planning involved in the intricate designs. These works reflect the resilience of the Navajo at a time when they were faced with many social and economic challenges.

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is grateful for the generosity of the Crissman family in sharing this extensive and rare collection of textiles spanning the mid-19th century to mid-20th century with the Wickenburg audience.

Open during regular Museum hours | Cultural Crossroads Learning Center | Museum Admission; Museum members are free


September 18
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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