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Blanket Stories: Ancestor, Baron Woolen Mill, and Hill People

Marie Watt (1967– ), Blanket Stories: Ancestor, Baron Woolen Mill, and Hill People, 2013, wool blankets and cedar base, 144 x 40 x 40 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Curtis Atkisson; and David and Bianca Lisonbee in memory of Rita Palmieri Elkin.

MARIE WATT (1967– )

Watt’s mother is Native American from the Seneca Nation and her father was raised on a Wyoming ranch. She calls herself “half Indian, half cowboy.” Her tower recalls totem poles from the American Northwest and the association of Native Americans with blankets. It also reminds us of linen closets and our personal connections with blankets. Several blankets in this tower were donated by members of our local community, with attached tags recording their personal “blanket stories.” Native peoples give blankets for special occasions and rites of passage—a joy and privilege for both the giver and the receiver.

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