The University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology presents a new exhibit "Woven Stories: Navajo Weavers in a Changing World," Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Come early and visit with curators and weavers in the gallery at 5:30 p.m.

The combined works of contemporary Navajo weavers, 20th century Navajo rugs and historic photographs by John Collier Jr. create a reflection on past and present life in the Navajo Nation. As part of the self-guided exhibit, an audio of weavers speak to the power and symbolism of rugs and landscape as sources for ideas and decisions.

A contemporary rug by Anita Hathale was recently commissioned and becomes part of the Maxwell collection at the close of the exhibit. It depicts the Twin War Gods, Naayee' Neizghání (Monster Slayer) and TóBajishchíní (Born-for-Water). Hathale said that, "in a way, the rug represents everything that is good for peace and harmony."

Both exhibitions represent the pursuit of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology's commitment to working in collaborations with communities.

The 4th annual Navajo Rug Auction in support of weavers and the Maxwell Museum is slated for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Prairie Star Restaurant in Bernalillo.

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Mary Beth Her­mans at (505) 277‑1400 or e-mail to:  mhermans@unnm.edu.