April 14, 2011Dr. Dexter Cirillo will host an illustrated lecture about the history of jewelry making among Southwestern tribes, the cultural significance of turquoise within Native cultures, and the influence of culture on design. She will also highlight new directions taking place in Southwestern Indian jewelry in the 21st century.
A leading authority on Native American jewelry, Dr. Cirillo is the author of Southwestern Indian Jewelry and Southwestern Indian Jewelry – Crafting New Traditions, winner of a 2008 New Mexico Book Award. Dr. Cirillo did extensive field work for both books, conducting personal interviews with more than 150 jewelers from 18 tribes, including the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Apache, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples.
She is also the author of Across Frontiers – Hispanic Crafts of New Mexico and editor of The Third Woman-Minority Women Writers of the United States, among other works, and has lectured widely at museums throughout the country. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
This event is open to the FIT community.