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"Bead Expo Symposium: Sacred and Secular Uses of Beads "
2000-03-22 until 2000-03-27
Recursos de Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM, USA United States of America

Recursos de Santa Fe has assembled a fascinating roster of speakers for the Bead Expo 2000 Symposium, Sacred and Secular Uses of Beads, March 24-26, at Hotel Loretto in Santa Fe. Recursos de Santa Fe wants to share this wealth of expertise with other organizations in the internet community. Topics include: Beads as Symbols of Status and Power, Building a Bead Collection, Ethics of Collecting, Ritual Uses of Beads, Beadmaking & Technology, Ancient Techniques in Contemporary Beadmaking, What's New in Bead Research.

Friday: Facets of Collecting: Passion, Preservation, and Possession
Gabrielle Liese, founder of the Bead Museum, how to build a bead collection.
Robert Liu, editor of Ornament magazine, historical and ethical problems with collecting ancient materials
Anne Durand, Arts Afire Gallery, collecting contemporary bead art
Robert Gallegos, American Tribal Antique Dealers Association, and Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, US State Department, national laws and international regulations that pertain to dealing in cultural properties.

Saturday: Beyond Utilitarian: The Sacred Power of Beads
Marina Ochoa, curator, Archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the history of the Rosary
Jill McKeever Furst, shamanism and adornment in Mexico
Paul Rainbird, former director, Southwest Association on Indian Affairs and the IAIA Museum, considerations in collecting and displaying Native American ritual beadwork
David Dean, Native American bead artist, sacred iconography in beaded objects used in the Native American Church.

Sunday: The Bead Factor: Society, Technology, and Human History
Randall White, director, Institute for Ice Age Studies, the surprising explosion of female amulet production in Europe 40,000 years ago
Mildred Constantine, art historian, textile, and costume expert, innovative use of beads in textile art
Tony Jojola, lead instructor, Taos Glass Arts and Education Program, translating the Native spiritual connection with fire into the art of glass beadmaking
Peter Francis, Jr., director of the Center for Bead Research, how technological advances in beadmaking have influenced social and economic developments for thousands of years.

Two free research sessions are open to the public. What's New in Bead Research, chaired by Karlis Karklins, Society of Bead Researchers, will be held Saturday from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Hotel Loretto. Key bead researchers have put together the Bead Classification discussion group on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Sweeney Center.

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