Toni Fleisher, 505-768-6028
Native Americans and Ballooning Special Exhibit Opens April 20th to Coincide with the 25th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow
The exhibition honors the intimate relationship between Native Americans, nature and the sky, while expanding our knowledge of the many cultural, artistic and historic connections between Native Americans, balloons and ballooning.
The contributions of Native American members of the World War I US Balloon Corps and Native balloonists and crew members will be featured in the exhibit. Information on Native American participants in a variety of balloon-based scientific and astronomical programs in the
Included in the exhibition are artifacts from North and South American Native groups. They include paintings, beadwork, jewelry, folkloric paper balloons, and sand paintings with balloon themes. Also featured will be ballooning events in “Indian Country,” the commercial balloons of tribal enterprises such as casinos, and Native images incorporated in balloon envelope designs.
The exhibition also includes several new acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection. One such piece is a traditional Navajo hand-woven plaque entitled, “
Also on display are three ceramic pots from traditional Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Robert Tenorio. His “Balloon Fiesta Over Sandia Pueblo” pot is a traditional dough bowl style and includes various traditional and special shape balloons flying over the Pueblo of Sandia Resort and Casino.
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