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Examining Traditional Navajo Moccasin Making
Start Date: 10/25/2013Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 10/25/2013End Time: 8:00 PM
Event Description
This talk will center around utilitarian objects. In the case of Navajo moccasins, what does it all mean to the Navajo community to have individuals make moccasins? The question of why is it important to the Navajo concept of self. Who can make moccasins? Why don't more Navajos make moccasins and who is filling the gap? These are a few of the questions this presentation will address.
Will's Navajo clans are coyote-pass people (mother's clan) born where the two rivers meet people (father's clan). His grandfather clans are red streak cheek people (paternal grandfather's clan) and folded arms people (maternal grandfather's clan). Will resides in Shiprock, NM for now but considers Tsaile-Lukachukai, AZ home also.
Will has a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and in southwest studies from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. Currently, he is working for the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department in the Shiprock, NM office as an archaeologist and ethnographer.
Will's professional work has taken him throughout the greater Four Corners region of the southwest and the Navajo Nation reservation. Some of his academic and scholarly interests include Navajo rock art, ceremonial systems, material culture, and language.
Will learned how to make moccasins culture of his people and continues the traditions of his culture. He has a love for the material culture of his people and continues the tradition of his culture.

Presenter: Will Tsosie
Location Information:
Main Campus - CU Museum (Henderson Building)  (View Map)
1030 Broadway
Boulder, CO
Room: Paleontology Hall
Contact Information:
Name: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Phone: 303-492-6892
Email: cumuseum@colorado.edu
William Tsosie
This event is open to
  • Everyone
  • Ticket information:
    Free Lecture

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