A three-day exhibition at the International Quilt Museum will feature Native American textiles from the museum’s permanent collection. It is part of the 2019 Human Trafficking and Migration Initiative, which is focused on the topic of missing and murdered indigenous women.
The Native quilts will be on display Nov. 5-7. It will close with a 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 storytelling session featuring Native women addressing violence. Both the display and the storytelling session will be free and open to the public.
The exhibition sheds light on the movement to address missing and murdered indigenous women because textiles are an important element of contemporary Native women’s activism. Many advocates on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women wear red when demonstrating for their cause, drawing upon long-held traditional meanings about red garments. This quilt display will expand upon the historical legacy of the role of textiles in Native culture.