Museum Work

Summer                               Waxing Grandchildren Moon

In Hopi culture Ruth would now have a total of 8 kachina dolls, each in a place of honor and used to explain to her the symbolism of the Kachina personated by Hopi dancers during their 6 months residence on the mesas.  Gabe would not yet be included in a kiva, but that time would not be far off.  In these ways the Hopi faith tradition passed from parents to children.

I had four people at the kachina doll spotlight and two on my tour.  Plenty in my world, perhaps not in the museum’s.  Lance and his mom, Jan, went on the tour.  We started with the kachina, moved to the wonderful housescreen from a Tlingit clan house and stopped by the Olmec mask, the ball game clay figure and the Valdivian owl, a newby like the kachina and the housescreen.  From there we saw the Lakota woman’s fancy dress with its turtle motif and looked in general at the objects there, then ended with Whiteman’s wonderful modern piece.  The heart line idea, that a line connects your heart to your mind and that it’s shape reveals your ethical and personal development hit home.  Jan asked Lance how he thought his heartline was.  Profound.

Back home, tired and ready for a nap.

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