Pendleton puts Durango on the Map

Pendleton puts Durango on the Map


YOU’RE WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK. I’M
WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE. TWO HISTORIC WEAVINGS FROM THE WORLD-RENOWNED DURANGO COLLECTION
HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS TO REPLICATE AS PART OF ITS PRESERVATION SERIES
OF BLANKETS. AND NOW, YOU CAN PURCHASE THE BLANKETS AND BENEFIT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE’S
EFFORTS TO PRESERVE THE ARTISIC TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. EARLIER THIS YEAR,
PENDLETON COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES TRAVELED TO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION TO FIND NAVAJO
WEAVINGS TO REPLICATE FOR THE COMPANY’S PRESEVATION SERIES. THEY LANDED AT THE TOADLENA TRADING
POST IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO WHERE THEY MET MARK WINTER, WHO ALONG WITH JACKSON CLARK
THE FIRST, FOUNDER OF THE TOH-ATIN GALLERY, ORIGINALLY ASSEMBLED THE DURANGO COLLECTION.
THE DURANGO COLLECTION REPRESENTS 800 YEARS OF TEXTILES WOVEN BY PUEBLO, NAVAJO AND HISPANIC
WEAVERS. THE COLLECTION LATER WAS PURCHASED BY THE MARY LYN AND RICHARD BALLANTINE FAMILY,
WHO DONATED THE ONE-OF-A-KIND WEAVINGS TO THE CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES. WHEN PENDLETON
SHOPPERS COULDN’T FIND WHAT THEY WANTED, WINTER POINTED THEM TO THE DURANGO COLLECTION AT
FORT LEWIS COLLEGE. PENDLETON SELECTED A BRIGHT RED BABY BLANKET AND A BLACK-AND-WHITE WEAVING
FROM THE 1880s FOR THE PRESERVATION SERIES. THE BLANKETS ARE NOW ON SALE NATIONWIDE, AND
IN DURANGO, YOU MAY PURCHASE THEM AT THE FORT LEWIS COLLEGE BOOKSTORE OR AT TOH-ATIN. IN
A SENSE, THE PENDLETON BLANKETS HAVE RETURNED HOME. OWNER JACKSON CLARK THE SECOND, NOW
RUNS THE TOH-ATIN GALLERY WITH HIS MOTHER, MARY JANE CLARK, AND HIS SISTER, ANTONIA CLARK.
THE GALLERY IS WORLD-RENOWNED FOR ITS NAVAJO WEAVINGS, BUT THE FAMILY CHOSE TO SELL THE
TWO PENDLETON BLANKETS BECAUSE OF THEIR CONNECTION TO JACKSON CLARK SENIOR AND THE DURANGO COLLECTION.
AND LIKE THE JACKSONS, THE PENDLETON COMPANY HAS HAD A LONG TRADITION OF TRADING ITS BLANKETS
FOR JEWELRY, WOOL, AND OTHER ITEMS OF VALUE FROM SOUTHWEST TRIBES. PENDLETON HAS HAD A LONG HISTORY WITH NATIVE
AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO A POWWOW OR WHEN THEY HAVE GIVEAWAYS OR WHEN
THERE’S A WEDDING OR THERE’S A BIRTH IN THE FAMILY, WHAT THE STANDARD GIFT, PROBABLY A
HIGH, MOST HIGHLY PRIZED GIFT, IS A PENDLETON BLANKET. SO THE, A, THESE PIECES ARE GENERALLY
GIVEN IN, AS A, AS A GIFT OF HONOR. SO WHAT HAPPENED IS PENDLETON HAS ALWAYS HAD A REAL
HISTORIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THEY STARTED THIS
IDEA OF PUTTING TOGETHER A SERIES OF BLANKETS TO HONOR ACTUAL BLANKETS THAT EXIST AND TO
BRING CREDIT TO THE WEAVERS WHO DID THEM, AND THEY DONATE A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR PROFITS
TO NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION AND TO THE CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES FOR ALLOWING THEM TO
USE THESE PIECES. PARTIAL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE DURANGO
COLLECTION BLANKETS WILL BENEFIT THE CENTER OF SOUTHWEST STUDIES ARTIST PRESERVATION SERIES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO PRESERVE THESE TRADITIONAL
TECHNOLOGIES, AMONG THESE COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES. SO, IT MIGHT BE, IT MIGHT BE WEAVERS, BUT
IT MIGHT BE POTTERS. AND, AND EVEN THOUGH THE FUNDING IS COMING FROM A SOURCE OF WEAVINGS,
WE FEEL WE SHOULD OPEN IT UP TO ALL ARTISTS, BASKETMAKERS, WHATEVER, WHATEVER THEIR SPECIALTY
IS. TISDALE HOPE TO BRING THE FIRST ARTISTS IN
THE SERIES TO THE COLLEGE BY NEXT YEAR. THE PRESERVATION SERIES PENDLETON BLANKETS SELL
FOR ABOUT 300 DOLLARS. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PENDLETON BLANKETS, VISIT THE CENTER OF
SOUTHWEST STUDIES WEB SITE AT S W CENTER DOT FORT LEWIS DOT E D U. tHANKS FOR WATCHING
THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK. YOU CAN FIND THIS AND OTHER LOCAL NEWS STORIES ONLINE, WHERE
YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR DAILY STORIES DELIVERED TO YOUR IN-BOX. YOU CAN ALSO CATCH US ON DURANGO
CABLE CHANNEL 15 OR ON OUR DIGITAL NETWORK AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND TOWN. I’M WENDY
GRAHAM SETTLE.

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