The leaves are changing color and the wind has a crispy ice like feel. This means fall has finally arrived in Memphis! The staff at the C.H. Nash Museum loves this time of year not only for the beautiful scenery but also for our annual holiday sale. Every year, the museum store at Chucalissa celebrates local Native American artists and artisans by featuring their hand made items. This year we are featuring select items 20% off of their regular price. The following are descriptions of some artists featured in our sale!
Valerie Hanks-Goetz (pictured above, right) is a member of the Muskogee Nation of Florida. Her artwork ranges from gourds, pottery, jewelry, and various types of cermaics for the home! She mixes traditional art with modern symbols, making her crafts unique but still educational about Native American culture. For more information about Valeirie and her crafts, visit her website at nativeworks.com.
Windsong Levitch (above, left) is a member of the Ojibway and Chippewa nations in Minnesota. However, she has lived in Memphis for over 30 years. She has worked with Chucalissa for several years as an artist and storyteller. Windsong’s craft are famous among Native American communities. She makes various types of jewelry, dreamcatchers, and regalia.
Will Harjo is a member of the Creek Nation. Will is an accomplished flute maker and musician. He is the 6th generation flute maker in his family. He learned traditional methods of flute making through older generations of flute makers. This tradition is passed down generation to generation. Along with making music and instruments, Will is also a storyteller and educator of Native American cultures.
We hope you stop by the store to look at the various crafts and hand made items from various Native American artisans! For any questions, please do not hesitate to call the store at 901-785-3160.
The Women of Hualcayán
Why is the C.H. Nash Museum selling Peruvian Handcrafts?
In the past few months, the C.H. Nash Museum has begun collaborative projects with rural communities in the highlands of Peru. The Peruvian communities, like Native American communities in the U.S. seek to preserve their cultural heritage and make it relevant for themselves and others.
One of these Peruvian communities is Hualcayán, located at 3000masl in the Andean highlands. About 300 Quechua people live in the rural and economically underserved community of Hualcayán. Surrounding the village is an important 700-hectare archaeological site with more than 4000 years of occupation.
People from this community want to understand their past and traditions. For that reason, a group of women, called The Women of Hualcayán, every afternoon have a meeting in one house and make handcrafts with embroidered designs with representations of their environment and their Quechua traditions. More than 20 young and adult women work in this project that provides the opportunity to have extra income for their families while demonstrating their talent and abilities.
The project also allows the women to have a voice on the future programs that they desire for their community. The women decide what the profits from their handcrafts fund such as education, healthcare and wellness needs for all the members of their community.
Visit the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa to see and purchase some of the beautiful and unique handmade crafts, and support the Women of Hualcayán as they strive to make a difference in their future.
Inclusivity in Museums
In todays society museums are expanding their exhibits and programs to include audiences of all kinds. Particularly for groups of people with special needs, these expanded programs offer a more inclusive experience for the visitor.
Institutions such as museums and other public places were made to be more adaptive for people with special needs in the Americans with Disabilities Act that was made into a law in 1990. This law “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.” With this law many institutions created wheelchair ramps and other building changes for people with special needs to be able to visit more readily. However this was not enough, and many people with other handicaps were still missing out on some experiences at institutions.
Recently in the museum world, there has been a call for more participatory exhibits in museums. These kinds of exhibits are especially wonderful for people with special needs due to their hands-on interactive approach. Museums around the world have started to adapt their museums to be more disability-friendly. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has several programs for various kinds of disabilities. From audio tours for people with blindness or sight challenges, to particular workshops for people with autism, the MET offers many different options for inclusivity at their museum. With this calling for more adaptive learning programs, more and more museums will be creating programming for their visitors with special needs.
Here at Chucalissa we offer many programs that are very adaptive for people with special needs. We plan on expanding our programs in the next year to accommodate more people with special needs. If you have any suggestions please contact our Graduate Assistant, Colleen McCartney at 901-785-3160. We would love to hear from you.
Family Days - EVERY Saturday at 10am & 1pm
For the price of regular Museum admission:
Take a tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall, tour our Hands-On Archaeology Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!
For more information, please visit our website.
Million Meals Challenge
Now through November 21st, participate in the University of Memphis' food drive and you'll receive $1 off the regular price of admission! Just bring any non-perishable food items that you wish to donate and drop them off at the front desk.