Dr. Lea McChesney and Karen K. Charley: Pottery Connects Us - The Social Value of Pottery and Hopi Cultural Heritage
Pottery Connects Us - The Social Value of Pottery and Hopi Cultural Heritage
July 17 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Collaborating for more than 20 years in their work on Hopi pottery, Karen K. Charley (Hopi traditional potter) and Lea S. McChesney (cultural anthropologist and museum curator) will discuss the social value of pottery both within Hopi communities and for sale in the marketplace, exploring potters' aesthetics embodied in this art form. They will also discuss a larger project, the Intergenerational Hopi Pottery Festival, to foster preservation of this unique cultural heritage, involving potters from Karen's community, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, the Smithsonian Institution's Recovering Voices Program, and the University of New Mexico's Alfonso Ortiz Center.