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Textiles of healing: Native American AIDS quilts

Carocci, Max (2010) Textiles of healing: Native American AIDS quilts. Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture 8 (1), pp. 68-84. ISSN 1475-9756.

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Around the world responses to AIDS and HIV are expressed in material form through idioms mediated by particular social and historical contingencies. In this article I examine at the case of AIDS memorial quilts produced by contemporary Native Americans. The invisible connections between people, their histories, and cultures that are materialized in this particular form of textiles make them culturally significant vehicles for healing practices for many Native Americans, who maintain that the acknowledgment of customary meanings ensures ritual efficacy and curing success. As a particular response to AIDS, grief, death, and healing these objects reveal the social relevance of expressing materially culturally encoded messages that are simultaneously rooted in universally shared idioms and the uniqueness of local experiences.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): AIDS, North American Indians, mourning customs, textiles, material culture, memory, beadwork, blankets, quilts, healing
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > History of Art
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 09:30
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20

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