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‘This is living history’: UA highlights Muscogee artist Mary Smith

Mary Smith shows UA student Riva Cullinan how to weave a basket.
Mary Smith shows UA student Riva Cullinan how to weave a basket.

The Crimson White wrote an article about the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum‘s current exhibit about Native American artist, Mary Smith!

In 2009, Mary Smith, an award-winning artist and a member of the Muscogee Nation, handwove a traditional feathered cloak for three months for a permanent display at Moundville Archaeological Park.

Now Smith’s intricately woven mats and baskets, tiny corn husk dolls, and detailed pottery are featured in the “Weaving Muscogee Creek Culture: The Artistry of Mary Smith” exhibit at the Transportation Museum.

While teaching museum education and exhibits at The University of Alabama in the spring, Alex Benitez, the director of Moundville Archaeological Park, collaborated with Katherine Edge, the director of the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum.

They allowed students to create a temporary exhibit at the Transportation Museum instead of a mock exhibit. While creating the exhibit, Benitez and Edge remembered Smith’s previous work with the park and showcased her work in the exhibit.

To read more of this article, visit The Crimson White’s website.