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University Museum to open exhibit on Native American beadwork

The University Museum at New Mexico State University will host an opening reception for their fall exhibition, “Spirit Seeds: Celebrating Native American Beadwork,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.


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This Mescalero Apache beaded bag will be on display during the NMSU University Museum’s “Spirit Seeds: Celebrating Native American Beadwork” exhibition opening this month. (Courtesy photo)
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This Ute beaded belt ornament will be displayed as part of “Spirit Seeds: Celebrating Native American Beadwork.” This NMSU University Museum exhibition will feature approximately 60 works from the museum’s permanent collection. (Courtesy photo)

This exhibition will feature approximately 60 works from the museum’s permanent collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The selected items represent artistic traditions, ranging from ancient works of shell and stone, to contemporary beadwork created this year.

“Through clothing, ceremonial dress and everyday objects, beadwork reflects identity, spiritual significance and protection to the wearer,” said Anna Strankman, curator of the University Museum at NMSU. “Beadwork remains a symbol of adaptive, resilient people, while still expressing the individual artist’s personal beliefs and experiences.”

This exhibition is funded through a grant from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute of NMSU.

Museum admission is free and refreshments will be provided at the opening reception.

The University Museum is located in Kent Hall, at University Avenue and Solano Drive, on the NMSU campus. Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about exhibits or programs visit univmuseum.nmsu.edu, or call 575-646-5161.