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Ceremonial "quilt" intended as a wall hanging, made from a complete single tanned deer skin. Appliqué bead work representing the Native North American AIDS Project (San Francisco) logo. Seven turkey feathers attached to bottom hem, with sinew strings, tied to seven clear glass beads.
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Length: 130 centimetres
Width: 103 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Memorial wall hanging commemorates Native American patients who have died of AIDS. This is a copy of an existing memorial quilt on display at the Native American AIDS Project (San Francisco). Unlike the original this quilt does not display the names of the dead - at the request of the makers.
The Native American AIDS Project logo forms the central bead work motif. It displays an AIDS awareness ribbon, with a medicine wheel from which hang four spotted eagle feathers. The seven turkey feathers along the bottom hem supposedly represent the seven directions.
Originally the concept of the quilt was borrowed from the Memorial Quilts Project, which organises annual displays of commemorative quilts and blankets on the Washington Mall (Washington D.C.).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019 15 Mar-26 May, Bolton Museum, Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories
2018 25 Sep– 2 Dec, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories
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- Acquisition notes
- Donated during collecting trip to San Francisco Native American AIDS Project, as part of the Wellcome Gallery Project.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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