Roselyn Washburn, Diné/Navajo dye chart, 2019. Dried plants, wool, ink and paper. Courtesy of John McCulloch, Teec Nos Pos Trading Post. Photograph: Bruce White.

Explore the world of natural dyes with ethnobotanist Arnold Clifford. In this lecture, Clifford reveals the diverse and abundant plant life of the Navajo Nation—including some plants named after him!—with a focus on the plants that give Navajo textiles their brilliant and distinctive colors.

This program was organized in conjunction with the spring 2023 exhibition Shaped by the Loom: Weaving Worlds in the American Southwest.

Support for the exhibition is generously provided by Art Bridges

Additional support provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art and other donors to Bard Graduate Center

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to American Museum of Natural History.

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