Museum of International Folk Art

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492: Navajo Quilt to be exhibited for a limited time at Museum of International Folk Art

August 13, 2018


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) –  Acclaimed Navajo quilter Susan Hudson’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492 will be on exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art for a limited showing from August 16 through September 17, 2018

The quilt depicts four dresses representing the past, present, future and the four directions. When a woman is no longer around her clothes, moccasins, and belongings become the last witness to tell her story. Her dress is the last witness in her wearing it in beauty and to all the places that she traveled. Her moccasins are the last witness to her walking in beauty and to all the places she traveled. Her brush was the last witness for brushing her beautiful hair that carries her knowledge passed on through ancestors and to be worn in the traditional ways. She is surrounded by the loving hands that made her dress, her moccasins and her brush.

“Susan Hudson’s Missing and Murdered quilt speaks to the appalling number of indigenous people who have been murdered or disappeared, which has reached epidemic proportions, and are sadly, underreported or ignored,” said Khristaan Vilella, Executive Director of the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). “Susan’s moving quilts underscore the heartbreaking realities of the problem in the United States though it is not unique to this country. Another of our current exhibitions, Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru explores some of the same issues facing Peruvian folk artists during the recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change.”


About the Museum of International Folk Art: Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Events, news releases and images about activities at the Museum of International Folk Art and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at





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Image(s): Susan Hudson, (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women since 1492), 2017, Cotton, cotton batting, cotton thread, leather, beads, buttons, yarn, 37 x 78 inches. Photo: Courtesy NM Department of Cultural Affairs.

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