Guild Meeting - “Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals” by Andrea Heckman

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe
9:30AM - NOON

“Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals”

Andrea Heckman has studied textiles and rituals in Peru and specifically in the Ausangate region southeast of Cuzco for over 25 years.

20,800’ Ausangate is a sacred mountain, or an Apu, to the Quechua people of Southern Peru who live near it and its presence influences all life and rituals. Their daily activities include herding alpacas and llamas, weaving, planting potatoes, pilgrimage and rites of passage. They weave the stories of their lives metaphorically into the textiles and Heckman has documented this visually through her book, Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals (2003: UNM Press) and in her film Ausangate (2006: 60 minutes). She will present this story through rich visual images.

Andrea Heckman (Ph.D. UNM, Latin American Studies, Anthropology and Art History) has researched Andean textiles and festivals for over thirty years. She was a Fulbright Scholar (Peru1996) and published Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals, which won the John Collier Award for Excellence in Visual Anthropology. She is a documentary filmmaker: Ausangate (Peru 2006); Moun- tain Sanctuary (New Mexico 2009); Bon: Mustang to Menri (India, Nepal 2011) and Woven Stories: Weaving Traditions of Northern New Mexico (2011). She teaches Anthropology and Media Arts for the University of New Mexico and serves on the Society for Visual Anthropology Board (American Anthropology Association) and lives in Taos.