Medicine Blanket of Charlie Black

Medicine Blanket of Charlie Black

If you haven’t yet seen The People’s Tapestry: Weaving Tradition in Navajo Culture, don’t wait too long! And if you have, consider a return visit to admire the vibrant colors and remarkable patterns on display – and view a loaned textile with a fascinating and storied history. When the Museum reopens after its early Winter closure…

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Channel 6 News Digitization: December Update

Channel 6 News producer Jim Mattingly continues to digitize over 900 analog video cassettes (totaling approximately 1,200 hours of footage) in collaboration with the Moab Museum and made possible through a grant from the Utah State Historic Records and Advisory Board. The record is a compilation of news broadcasts from 1989 to 2000, documenting a…

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“The People’s Tapestry”

By: Tara Beresh, Museum Curatorial and Collections Manager This Q&A initially appeared in the Moab Sun News in June, 2023. Exhibition Significance The Moab Museum consults with regional tribal members to learn how to better serve a portion of our community that has been inaccurately represented, with regard to Museum environments. My primary question to our Native…

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Exploring the Archeological Significance of the Ancestral Load Basket

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial and Collections Manager If you’re local to Moab or a longtime visitor to the Moab Museum, you may be aware of the renowned “burden” basket—an extraordinary ancestral relic, iconic to the area and sacred to proximate Native groups. The cone-shaped basket is styled to be worn like a backpack, is woven…

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Authentic Land Acknowledgement: Are we just checking a box?

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial & Collections Manager “It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need…

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Hopi Katsinam

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial & Collections Manager If you live in the Southwest, you’ve likely encountered brightly painted carved figurines in gift shops. You may have even purchased one. To the average non-Native, “kachina dolls” are a beautiful representation of Southwest Native American culture. The human figures, reminiscent of local ancestral rock imagery, has even…

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The Implications of an Object

Cultural Material Acquisition and Exhibition at the Moab Museum Tara Beresh, Curatorial and Collections Manager, Moab Museum Museums worldwide have been criticized for the controversial display of indigenous objects. In years past, the Moab Museum showcased prehistoric ancestral objects such as ceramics, basketry, projectile points, and sandals. Some visitors admired these objects, inquiring: How old…

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