Anthropologist Laurie Webster will present her recent work on the artifacts of southeastern Utah that were excavated in the 1890s by Richard Wetherill and other local “cowboy” archaeologists─and shipped outside the Southwest. For the past five years, Dr. Webster and her team have “re-excavated” and documented the extraordinary collections that include textiles, baskets, wooden implements, hides, feather artifacts, and other perishable objects. The artifacts range from 800 to 2,000 years old.
Jackson Clark, a master storyteller and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, will present “Threads Through Time: The Changing Face of Navajo Weaving” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First Street.
Clark, an expert on Navajo weavings, will speak about changes in the artform, comparing the present with the past. He is the third-generation of the Clark family to foster the work of the Navajo weavers and will relate stories of individual weavers to provide an understanding of the place of weaving in Navajo life and the challenges the weavers now face.
Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love.