Postcard History: A Presentation by Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
Beginning in the late 1800s, amateur and professional photographers documented Diné (Navajo) weavers and their artwork. The images they captured tell stories of the artists, their homes, and the materials, techniques, and designs they used. Many postcards illustrate their publishers’ efforts at popularizing travel in the American Southwest and promoting Navajo weaving, and relate to the economic, social, and political realities that influenced the region’s most iconic craft. In this richly illustrated talk, Ann Hedlund discusses how she and her co-authors interpreted over 150 postcards dating from the 1880s to 1980s as historic documents. She describes these cards as important time capsules that shed new light on traditional weaving practices and on the tourist trade.
7:00 p.m. talk at CESL 103
Reception and book signing follow program
The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) is one building east of ASM north.
This is a presentation of the Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series, made possible by the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Roland.
Reception is underwritten by the ASM Director's Council.