Exhibit Opening Reception: "Weaving Generations Together"

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

"Weaving Generations Together" exhibit poster, featuring a background image of a woman leading her livestock through a field

In 1969 and 1970, Harvard researcher Patricia Marks Greenfield and Carla Childs, an anthropology student with the Harvard Chiapas Project, spent two summers doing fieldwork in Nabenchauk, a hamlet of the highland Maya Tzotzil-speaking community of Zinacantán in Chiapas, Mexico. They were there to study how Zinacantec girls learn to weave and how weaving affects the way they think. In 1991 Greenfield, by then a UCLA professor in developmental psychology, and Childs went back to Chiapas to learn how weaving could answer their questions about the psychological effects of social and economic change. Their discoveries are now brought to UCLA for all to enjoy.

Join us for the opening reception of "Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas". The exhibit features dozens of textiles brought back from Zinacantán as well as photographs of young women and girls learning to weave. These textiles - which span three generations of Maya women - can be used to track the cultural shifts that occur as a village economy moves from subsistence and agriculture to money and commerce, and the corresponding changing roles for women in Zinacantec society.

Refreshments will be served, and Dr. Greenfield will be introducing the exhibit. The UCLA student mariachi group, Mariachi de UCLAtlan, will also be playing a set at 4:45, so be sure to stop by!