The Family Beadwork
Family artifacts take many forms. They can hold deeply significant and symbolic meanings to the families that have kept them. From photographs to wedding dresses, the items saved represent more than just material objects. They hold memories of times long past, of hardships and hope. Artifacts take up space, in a literal sense and in more emotional ways not easily quantified.
Objects provide a lens with which to view the past. As Lila Harper so eloquently writes, "Someone had left a blessing, like a stone left on a grave, saying, I remember you and I was here."
The narrative written by Lila Harper (viewable by scrolling through the gallery below) discusses the family significance of the beadwork pictured on the right.