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Oaxaca 2011

Keynote Speech

Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge One Story at a Time

Sven Haakanson Jr.

For the past decade the Alutiiq Museum has been involved in innovative and collaborative work to repatriate traditional knowledge from collections scattered across the world and locally. Through exchanges, exhibitions and collaboration on catalogues they have built relations that go beyond what is expected of a museums role within a community. In 2008 they worked with the Chateau Musée in Boulongne-sur-Mer, France to bring an international and collaborative exhibition to Kodiak, Alaska to share traditional masks collected from their region in 1872. From 2006-2011 they supported the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography on creating a catalogue on Alutiiq material culture collected between 1784-1909 and took five grass basket weavers in 2010 to see their collections. How are they doing this and why? Repatriation of knowledge and building mutual trust between institutions is important. They have reversed the flow of knowledge so that it is owned by the community and not just the collectors or museums. The result from this work has helped to reestablish traditional knowledge within the community once again. They are building a foundation of exchanges that are going beyond one generation but into the next as they weave ties of cultural knowledge across the world.

Back-strap Loom Weaving Techniques

One-day workshop

Instructors: Luisa Jiménez, weaver from Laguna Chicahuaxtla, Triqui group, Moisés Martínez, weaver from San Pedro Cajonos, Zapotec group – Northern mountains, Abigail Mendoza, weaver from Santo Tomás Jalieza, Zapotec group – Central Valleys

Demonstration and elaboration of back-strap loom weavings with different techniques employed in the state of Oaxaca.

Dyeing with natural dyes

One-day workshop

Instructors: Fausto Contreras and Mariano Sosa, weavers and dyers from Teotitlán del Valle, Zapotec group – Central Valleys

Wool dyeing with cochineal, indigo and wild marigold following the ongoing tradition from the community of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca.

Feather mosaic workshop, based on the study of the Pantocrator from the 16th c., from the National Viceroyalty Museum, INAH

Two-day workshop

Instructors: Arturo León, Sculptor and Professor – Conservation Program, National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museography “Manuel del Castillo Negrete” (ENCRyM), Lilia Ramírez, M.A. and Professor – Conservation Program, ENCRyM, Lorena Román, Conservator and Professor – Conservation Program, ENCRyM

Demonstration and elaboration of a feather mosaic according to the technique found in a 16th c. mosaic that belongs to the collections of the National Viceroyalty Museum, INAH.

Taxa, Clades and the Order of Nature: A Hands-On Introduction to Biological Classification for Textile conservators

One-day workshop

Instructor: Alejandro de Ávila, Director of the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Curator of the Textile Museum of Oaxaca

Presentation of a basic overview of ongoing changes in the biological taxonomy of species of interest to textile conservators.  Examination of live specimens of several of such species at the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden.  Focus on plant fibers and dyes, including vegetal adhesives and soaps used traditionally in textile processes.

Aqueous Cleaning Methods - Part I

One-day workshop

Instructor: Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor – Art Conservation Program, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum

Part I will cover general principles of wet-cleaning.  Participants will need an understanding of basic chemical principles to gain the maximum benefit from the material presented.

Aqueous Cleaning Methods - Part II

One-day workshop

Instructor: Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor – Art Conservation Program, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum

Part II will cover more advanced topics in aqueous cleaning such as bleaching, enzymes, poultices and "spotting". Participants who have taken Richard Wolber's workshops at previous NATCC conferences can sign up for the 2nd day only if they wish.  Participants will need an understanding of basic chemical principles to gain the maximum benefit from the material presented.


The Role of Universities in the Rescue of Cultural Heritage / Gonzalo J. Alarcón Vital

Conservation Challenge: Ottoman Carpets in Transylvanian Churches / Anna Beselin

Stitches in Time: The Integration of 18th and 21st Century Technologies and Techniques across Three Cultures / Nancy Britton

Building a Museum Conservation Community in Iraq / Vicki Cassman / Jessica Johnson / Nancy Odegaard

Conservation as a Process of Representation: The Kurdish Textile Museum of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan / Anne-Marie Deisser / Lolan Sipan / Róisín Miles

Twenty Years of Conservation Collaborations with Native Peoples at the National Museum of the American Indian / Susan Heald

Retrieval of Forgotten Textile Techniques: A Ukrainian Community’s Focus that Enriches Communities Beyond / Teena Jennings-Rentenaar, Aniza Kraus

Textile Conservation at the Lyceum Club of Greek Women: So We Think We Can Dance / Tatiana Kousoulou, Zoi Kona

Engaging with the Public Realm: Conserving Textiles as a Public Spectacle at the People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK / Vivian Lochhead

Collaboration between Textile Conservators and Archaeologists: Four Case Studies of Textiles from Pyre Burials from Ancient Greece / Christina Margariti

Soaring Up: Feathered Textiles in Contemporary Mexico / Hector Manuel Meneses Lozano

Dyes and Dye-stuffs in Textile Conservation / Rosa Lorena Román Torres, Lilia Félix León, Arturo León Candanedo, Abner Gutiérrez Ramos, Nicolás Gutiérrez Zepeda, Alejandra Corona Cadena, Lilian García-Alonso Alba, Javier Vázquez Negrete

Life’s Rich Tapestry / Deb Spoehr

Weaving Experiences with the Textile Heritage and the Memory / Olga Liliana Sulca

Producing, Weaving, and Felting Turcana Wool in the Apuseni Mountains, Romania / Florica Zaharia, Ana Teodora Zaharia



Cushmas: Amazonian Ethnographic Costumes. Their Preventive Conservation and Appreciation / Rosemary Zenker Alzamora

A Simple Modification of Pressure Mounts to Prevent Bowing of Plexiglas® / Deborah Bede

Analysis of Three Chuspas from the Collection of the Huaca Malena, Peru / Lourdes Chocano Mena

Weaving Art of Assam: Threats for Survival / Subhra Devi

Investigations into Naphtalene Mitigation on Museum Objects / Susan Heald, Odile Madden

Restoration of Ethnographic Textiles from Teotitlan del Valle: Experiences Inside an Indigenous Community: / Karen Landa Elorduy, Mariana Almaraz Reyes, Ximena Bruna Lema, María Eugenia Desirée Buentello García, Emmanuel Lara Barrera, María Fernanda Martínez Rocha

The Ethnographic Feather Collection at the Museo Juan B. Ambrosetti / Silvana Di Lorenzo, María Pía Villaronga

Conservation or Restoration: Are There Specific Limits in Treatment of a Multi-Component Chest? / Stavroula Rapti, Ermioni Takou, Christoforos Stylianou, Ekaterini Malea

The Use of SEM in Investigating Gel Residues on Cotton Textiles, after Spot Cleaning Treatments / Maria Stavropoulou, Stavoula Rapti


Local Committee
  • Hector Meneses, Event Co-ordinator

  • Ana Paula Fuentes, Logistics

  • Alejandro de Ávila, Logistics

  • Miriam Ballesteros, Logistics

  • Laura Gudiño, Logistics

  • Salvador Maldonado, Logistics

  • Adriana Sabino, Logistics

  • Guadalupe Cancino, Accounting

  • Sara Cué, Accounting

  • Verónica Luna, Accounting

  • Jesica Vera, Accounting

  • Mirel Fraga, Design

  • Giovanni Osorio, Design

  • Anacani Ramón, Design

  • Eric Chávez, Workshops

  • Lilia Ramírez, Workshops

  • David Garza, Public Affairs

  • Valeria Macías, Public Affairs

  • Raymundo Fraga, Tours

  • Eric Mindling, Tours (Traditions Mexico)

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