Mary Burns takes us behind her award-winning Ancestral Women Exhibit, which is on display throughout July and August in Ironwood’s Historic Depot Museum. Admission is free so everyone in our community can witness for themselves these incredible weavings and the stories they hold.
This Behind the Curtain also features the Ancestral Women Performers — the women who were selected by the Tribes of Wisconsin to honor the women in Mary’s weavings. The performers incorporate spoken word, theatre, jingle dress dance, traditional drum and song, and contemporary music to not only remind us of the wisdom our elders hold, but to also look at Tribal histories and current day presence in Wisconsin.
The Behind the Curtain series presents accomplished scholars, artists and academics to lead provoking conversations and spark new ideas. Each event is free to attend, and donations are split between Theatre North and the Emberlight Festival. The 2022 Behind the Curtain lineup includes Folk’s Tunes: The Upper Peninsula’s Musical Traditions (August 7), Mary Burns and the Ancestral Women (August 14), and United in Diversity: a Special Film Screening (August 21).