Denver Art Museum

The Douglas Society is the support group for the Denver Art Museum covering American Indian art, African art, and Oceanic art.

Frederic Huntington Douglas was one of the first scholars to recognize the artistic achievements of American Indians as well as the arts of Africa and Oceania. From 1929 to 1956, as the Denver Art Museum's Curator of Native Arts, he began acquiring the objects that form the core of what is now recognized throughout the world as one of the most important collections of native arts. In 1974 the Douglas Society was founded to honor and ensure the continuance of the work of Frederic Douglas.

May 8 , 2014 Program:

Floral Journey: The Hidden (or not so hidden) Language of Flowers in Native North American Beadwork

Floral Journey: The Hidden (or not so hidden) Language of Flowers in Native North American Beadwork

FLORAL JOURNEY is the compelling story of how flower motifs—woven and embroidered in moose hair, porcupine quills, silk thread and glass beads—became an exquisite form of artistic expression, a source of much-needed income, and a symbol of cultural resilience among numerous Native American tribes. Created by the women during a time of hardship and enforced cultural change, flowers became a perfect vehicle for allowing Native people to covertly maintain their own beliefs while giving the appearance of the assimilation of European values. Ranging from individual to group expressions, most striking is the originality of designs and adaptations within each region’s unique aesthetic. Lois Sherr Dubin’s visually-illustrated talk features Woodlands, Subarctic, Plains, Prairie and Plateau floral work from the 18th century until today.

Lois Sherr Dubin is an author, curator and frequent lecturer. Her current exhibitions and books include FLORAL JOURNEY: Native North American Beadwork (Autry National Center of the American West, March 2014 through April 2015); and GLITTERING WORLD: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family (National Museum of the American Indian-New York, November 2014- December 2015).

Left:   Ojibwe dance apron (detail), 1885.
          Courtesy: Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection,
          Autry National Center; 1911.G.3


Thursday, May , 2014

Door opens 5:30pm, begins 6pm - DAM North Building, Lower Level


Ticket Pricing:
Douglas Society members-$5,
DAM members-$10,
non-members-$12, students free w/ valid ID.

To ensure a space purchase tickets in advance by calling 720-913-0130 or via Denver Art Museum on-line ticket purchace. Tickets available at the door subject to availability (by cash or check)