Instruments of Culture
Instruments of Prayer: Musical Instruments in the Expressive Culture of the Native American Church
Friday, February 27; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for the annual Instruments of Culture lecture at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This year's guest lecturer, Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, will examine the musical instruments of the Native American Church, namely the water drum, drumstick, gourd rattle, and whistle. Swan notes these objects support both musical (sacred) and artistic (secular) expressions of the spiritual content of Peyotism, and that these musical instruments reflect the diverse influences that impacted the Peyote Religion as it coalesced on the Southern Plains of Oklahoma Territory in the 1870s. The musical instruments used in Peyotism, says Swan, provide an important opportunity to consider the role of material culture and music in the construction of religious identities in contemporary Native American communities. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Meet the Collections
Saturday, February 28; 2 to 3 p.m.

Mathers Museum Research Associate Janice Frisch will present, discuss, and explore some of the quilts she's researched in the MMWC Collection. The event is free and open to the public.

Confluences: Museums, Ethnography, and Art in the Work of Bill Siegmann
Saturday, March 7; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This international symposium will explore the work of Bill Siegmann (1943-2011), a leading scholar on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, who wrote extensively on those regions and on issues in museums and museum interpretation. The morning session will feature brief, prepared remarks addressing the depth and breadth of Bill's commitment to his work and to Liberia. During the afternoon, roundtable discussions will be held, exploring themes developed during the morning presentations. The symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Please email for more information and to preregister for the symposium. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Siegmann Estate; the Mathers Museum of World Cultures; Indiana University's African Studies Program; the Indiana University Liberian Collections/African Studies Collection, Indiana University Libraries; and the Advanced Visualization Lab/UITS at Indiana University.

Family Day Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar
Saturday, March 28; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(at Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd St., Bloomington)
Join MMWC staff and volunteers for Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar! The free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families will feature hands-on activities and exploration of world cultures, and live performances.

Research at the Mathers Museum
Jewelry from the Birnbaum Collection and Tibetan Masks and Religious Objects
Friday, April 10; 4 to 5 p.m.

Rachel Tavaras, a senior in IU's Department of History, and Addie McKnight, a senior in IU's Department of Art History, will present their research and studies of artifacts at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Tavaras will discuss her work with jewelry from the Dee Birnbaum Collection of Textiles and Jewelry (featuring pieces from North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East), and McKnight will discuss her research on the museum's Tibetan collections. The event is free and open to the public.

Family Craft Day
Inspired by the Amazon
Sunday, April 12; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Try your hand at crafts inspired by Amazonian cultures during this free, fun, family event.

Meet the Collections
Indonesian Shadow Puppets
Wednesday, April 29; 4 to 5 p.m.

MMWC Faculty Curator Jennifer Goodlander (Assistant Professor in Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance) will present and discuss a selection of Indonesian shadow puppets from the Mathers Museum's collection. Goodlander, a master of wayang kulit--Balinese shadow puppetry--was the instructor for T775/Museums and Performance during Fall Semester 2014, and students in the class curated Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia, an exhibit at the MMWC which examines puppets as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia--focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures.