9/11 Traditional weaving delivers message of unity that connects the Diné and wider United States communities

Traditional weaving delivers message of unity that connects the Diné and wider United States communities. Marilyn Y. Scott's September 11 Weaving is on view at Albuquerque Museum

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Museum is honored to feature a traditional weaving by Diné artist Marilyn Y. Scott memorializing the events of September 11, 2001. The weaving is a recent acquisition of the Albuquerque Museum history collection and will remain on view through the end of the year. The community is invited to see this monumental weaving when they visit the Museum.

"The addition of this object to our collection is important as it is part of our intentional and ongoing effort to ensure that we are telling the stories of the many different peoples who make up the rich and diverse population of our community" says Curator of History Leslie Kim. "When we are presented with an opportunity to acquire an object that will allow us to share a story we have not yet been able to tell, it is important that we do what we can to secure that object and relate the story."

On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists carried out coordinated and deadly assaults on four locations in the United States, including two in New York City. Ultimately, they took nearly 3,000 lives while injuring millions of others. The social and economic consequences of these attacks inflicted great damage both domestically and abroad.

As Marilyn Scott and her family watched the United States reeling in the aftermath of these tragic events, her son designed this weaving to commemorate what had been lost. Over several months, Scott wove this textile which simultaneously maintains the traditional Diné weaving tradition and breaks from it. Scott’s extremely fine weave, as well as her use of figures, red dyed wool, and geometric design elements are in keeping with the tradition.

Her use of the iconic symbols in the center – the flag of the United States, Lady Liberty, and the New York City skyline – show a departure from traditional Diné weaving where the appearance of national symbols is uncommon. The vertical stripes found toward the edges of the weaving depart from the traditional horizontal pattern, but are reminiscent of the traditional “Chief’s Blanket” design, common after the 1860s.
"The September 11 Tribute Rug is important both because it is executed by a contemporary Diné weaver, and because the subject matter addresses a topic we cannot otherwise tell with objects in our collection. This weaving is stunning and features a message of unity in the immediate aftermath of the coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States," says Kim.

Skip Maisel—owner of Skip Maisel’s Indian Jewelry and Crafts on Central for over 40 years—acquired the weaving directly from the artist in 2002 and Albuquerque Museum acquired the weaving from Maisel in late June 2021.


9/11 Weaving
On view at Albuquerque Museum

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Denise Crouse
August 25, 2021