Of the many North American Indian expressive art forms, perhaps one of the least well known is quilt making. This exhibition celebrates quilting within diverse communities and pays homage to the artists who have expressed their cultural heritage and creativity through this art. It examines the ceremonies surrounding quilts and quilting, the society of the artists who make them and the passing on of traditions through quilts that bind neighbors and families within and across generations. Quilt making in Native communities was first learned through contact with Euro-Americans. Native peoples became adept at quilting and began to use quilts for purposes unique to their own cultures. Other components of the exhibit include hands-on activities, a listening station where visitors can listen to tape-recorded stories from some of the quilters, videos of quilting activities in two Native communities and a series of panels with photographs and explanatory text. This traveling exhibition has 29 quilts from all over the country, including examples by Cherokee, Sioux, Navajo, Ojibway and Native Hawaiian quilters and is a small version of the larger, national touring exhibition of the same name developed by the Michigan State University Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with Atlatl, Inc., a national service organization for Native American arts. Approximately 25 other Kansas quilts will also be on display to enhance the exhibit and to showcase the talent and creativity of Kansas quilters. We are expecting many groups for this exhibit, so please call in advance to schedule groups of 5 or more. Tours/groups welcome by appointment, contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour. Museum hours: Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this outstanding exhibit! Check out our website at www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org for more information about this and all of the exciting new exhibits coming to the Stauth Memorial Museum!