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Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead Altar
Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, November 1
Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors are invited to add gifts to a community altar in honor of those who have passed, as it is customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it is built upon the foundation of the previous years’ offerings. The event will be free and open to the public.
Bloomington: A History in Houses
Thursday, October 10; 4:30 p.m.
Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, will speak on how a close study of Bloomington houses, linked in comparison with houses from other places, leads to a clear cultural history of our town. Glassie has done fieldwork on five continents and written 20 books on traditions of creation, including architecture. The event will be free and open to the public.
Harold Williams: Memory, Place, and Miniatures
Tuesday, October 22; 2:30 p.m.
Harold Williams grew up in the small town of Wheeling in Gibson County, Indiana. In retirement, he began making wooden miniatures of area churches, barns, and log houses, and in 2013 he built a scale model of Wheeling’s covered bridge. Come to this conversation with the 87-year-old artist, see his creations, and learn about how projects like Harold’s miniatures help him recall the past and share his stories with others. Themester 2019 – Remembering and Forgetting, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences, will sponsor the event, which will be free and open to the public.
Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Celebration
Sunday, October 27; 2 p.m.
Join the Mathers as we celebrate Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with crafts including sugar skulls, papel picado, nichos, paper flowers, and more. The event will be free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by La Casa/Latino Cultural Center.
Helen Keisel Remembers: Southern Indiana Accordion Tradition
Tuesday, October 29; 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a concert and conversation with Helen Keisel, an accordion player from Haubstadt, Indiana. From old-time fiddle tunes to German Polkas, Helen plays the music of her childhood. In this program she will play the songs of her youth and share her memories of growing up in a German American community in Southern Indiana. Today, Helen performs around her community nearly 20 times each month, often playing the old tunes at area nursing homes where residents commonly leave their wheelchairs and begin to dance. Themester 2019 – Remembering and Forgetting, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences, will sponsor the event, which will be free and open to the public.
Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead Altar Lighting and Reception
Friday, November 1; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception to celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones. The event will be free and open to the public.
First Thursdays Festival (at Fine Arts Plaza)
Thursday, November 7; 4 to 7 p.m.
The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will host a table of activities during the last fall First Thursdays Festivals. The event will be free and open to the public.
Curator's Talk--Sacred Drums, Sacred Trees: Haiti's Changing Climate
Thursday, December 5; 4:30 p.m.
Rebecca Dirksen, Assistant Professor in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, will present a discussion on the Haitian drums on display at the Mathers Museum. In a media-rich talk that will incorporate ethnographic reflections on Vodou metaphysics, sacred performance, and the pressures of environmental precariousness on contemporary Haitian society, Dr. Dirksen will demonstrate how these musical instruments--the sacred tanbou--lie at the intersection of humanity, the divine, and the environment. This presentation will honor the memory of master drum maker Charles Charlesine, who passed away in March 2019, and who crafted the specially commissioned instruments in this new collection of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. This lecture will be free and open to the public.
Family Craft Day: Musical Instruments
Sunday, December 8; 2 p.m.
Ring in the holiday season with music—on instruments you create. Come make diddly bows, shakers, and more during this fun, free, family event.
IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Research Symposium
Wednesday, December 11; 2:15-5:15 p.m.
The 14th annual undergraduate research symposium for folklore/ethnomusicology will feature esearch presentations by students from F440/Folklore and Materials Culture Studies (taught by Professor Jackson Jackson) and F497/Advanced Seminar (taught by Professor Brandon Barker). The event will be free and open to the public.
Mathers Museumof World Cultures416 N. Indiana Avenue