Marsha Macdowell

Marsha Macdowell
Michigan State University | MSU · Department of Art, Art History, and Design AND MSU Museum

PhD

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Quilts and related textiles are a particularly capacious textile medium through which the intersection of materiality and narratives can be explored. There are thousands of extant historical examples to be found in public and private collections, and the "quilt world" of the early twenty-first century is robust and enormous. There are literally mil...
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Since its origins in 1967, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has gained national and international recognition as a model for the research and public presentation of living cultural heritage and the advocacy of cultural democracy. Festival curators play a major role in interpreting Festival principles and shaping its practices. Curatorial Conversat...
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Today there is a growing global awareness of the need to address issues related to the safeguarding and use of both tangible and intangible heritage. By engaging with communities in the documentation of local cultures—especially their folklife, or in other words, their traditional intangible cultural heritage—museums can create collections that wil...
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Hula, poi, aloha shirts, surfboards, and lūʻau are some of the contemporary symbols of Hawaiʻi's local culture known around the world. Lau hala is less known outside of Hawaiʻi, but among many Native Hawaiians, it is an important symbol of Hawaiian identity. Photographic records, oral histories and recordings, and the oral transmission of knowledge...
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The weaving of lauhala represents a living tradition borne on the great arc of Pacific voyaging history. This thriving tradition is made immediate by masters of the art who transmit their knowledge to those who are similarly devoted to, and delighted by, the smoothness, softness, and that particular warm fragrance of a woven lauhala treasure. This,...
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The weaving of lau hala represents a living tradition borne on the great arc of Pacific voyaging history. This thriving tradition is made immediate by masters of the art who transmit their knowledge to those who are similarly devoted to, and delighted by, the smoothness, softness, and that particular warm fragrance of a woven lau hala treasure. The...
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The online Quilt Index is a searchable repository of digital images, audiovisual resources, and documents representing over 50,000 quilts and associated quiltmakers and quilt-related activities, along with ephemera and interpretive materials including lesson plans and essays. Building on the largest grassroots scholarly movement in the decorative a...
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“It starts at the piko.”1 For Kanaka Maoli, the piko is extremely important. We have at least three “piko.” There is one located on our head, at the fontanel. The second is located at our navel, the third, our genitals. Each has a significant purpose, function, and meaning. The phrase “It starts at the piko” is a poignant frame for our reflection o...
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Quilts are resources for inquiry and instruction for many disciplines, foci for the development of private and public collections, and, increasingly, a visual expressive media that has meaning for makers, owners, and users. The rise of the Internet and the development of cyber-infrastructures have created the capacity to build and use digital quilt...
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During the last third of the twentieth century, a revival of quiltmaking occurred throughout the world along with a concurrent emergence of quilts as a focus of documentation and study. The rise of the feminist art movement in the 1960s and a heightened national interest in American history spawned by the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 p...
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In 1978, the Michigan State University Museum and Michigan 4-H Youth Development teamed together to develop Folkpatterns, a program to engage youth across the state of Michigan in cultural heritage educational activities. With support from National Endowment for the Humanities grants, 4-H education and museum-based humanities specialists, along wit...
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In 1978, the Michigan State University Museum and Michigan 4-H Youth Development teamed together to develop Folk-patterns, a program to engage youth across the state of Michigan in cultural heritage educational activities. With support from National Endowment for the Humanities grants, 4-H education and museum-based humanities specialists, along wi...
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This compendium of resources is designed for use by teachers, art educators, museum staff, youth leaders, program planners, and folklorists. Organized in the following way, chapter 1, "Folk Arts in Education," provides an overview of the development of folk-arts-in-education programs; chapter 2, "Reports from the Field," contains short reports from...
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The Grand Ledge Clay Products Company, which was organized in 1906, provides an opportunity to study a localized industry based on the use of construction materials rather than on the more traditional form of the structure. Since the mid-19th century, this location has been a site for pottery making. Before expanding their line of products in 1937,...

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