A Swatch of MARI History

Founded in 1924, the Middle American Research Institute (M.A.R.I.) at Tulane University strives to promote greater understanding of the vibrant and diverse cultures of Middle America. It stewards an extensive collection of textiles, artifacts, and an archive of letters, field notes, maps, and photographs from the scores of field projects it has sponsored and continues to sponsor. They strive to make these accessible to researchers and the general public through a variety of exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.

Each semester, MARI and its interns create and showcase a photo exhibit in the third floor of Dinwiddie hall, with a wide range of topics pertaining to the diverse cultures of Middle America.

This photo exhibit displays specific textiles in association with photographs that were collected in rural Guatemala by Matilda Gray on Tulane Expedition XII in the early 20th century. Special attention is given to the daily articles of clothing for both men and women, the costumes of the cofradía in religious ceremonies, and the value of cloth weaving and the marketplace in everyday events.

Duration: Spring 2016

Curated by: Erin Patterson

Location: 3rd floor of Dinwiddie Hall, Tulane University

Acknowledgements: Made in Conjunction with the MARI Internship Program


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