Indigenous Quilts Presentation with Joe Gains, Choctaw

March 30, 2024
Saturday, March 30, 2024
2:00 - 3:30 pm
$25 VQM Members
$30 Non-members
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Presented by T Carter of History Outside the Box this presentation includes a colorful variety of quilts inspired by Native American and Indigenous history, culture, and lifeways. Through star quilts, wildlife applique, and beadwork, T shares stories passed down through oral tradition and exposes hidden histories. T will be joined by Joe Gaines from the Choctaw Nation for traditional singing, drumming, and a fun dance lesson!

Plan to spend the day at the Virginia Quilt Museum and also attend the morning program, Retro Curved Pieced Trunk Show with Erin from Love Sew Modern. You'll have time between the presentations to explore the exhibitions at the museum and enjoy lunch at one of the many great restaurants in downtown Harrisonburg. You can find a list of restaurants here. VQM staff recommends Ott Street Eats, Heritage Bakery and Cafe, Clementine's Cafe, and Lola's Delicatessen.

T Carter
T Carter is a National award winning quilter, accomplished fiber artist, author, historian, researcher and activist with expertise in the areas of social justice and Native American and Indigenous history. She holds a master’s degree in American History from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Art from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

T offers lectures/trunk shows and workshops through her business, History Outside the Box; “Quilts revealing history from many perspectives, including those of women, ordinary people, people of color and others whose voices have yet to be heard and whose stories remain untold.” She serves as president of the Indigenous Nations Alumni Alliance, George Mason University; and former co-president and co-vice president of the Mt. Vernon chapter of Quilters Unlimited. Ms. Carter lives near Washington, D.C.

Joe Gaines
Joe Gaines (Choctaw Nation) is a traditional Indigenous drummer, singer, educator, and activist for social justice and human rights. Joe holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and a minor in Business from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma.

In 1830, Joe’s Choctaw ancestors walked the Trail of Tears. The United States government took away their land, crops, livestock, homes, etc., and force-marched them at gunpoint from their original Mississippi homeland to Southeastern Oklahoma. Many people died along the way and were left upon the cold ground on which they perished, as the military did not allow time to bury their bodies. Joe is a decedent of his strongest ancestors.

Mr. Gaines lives near Washington, D.C. He and his wife, T Carter currently own and operate a business called History Outside the Box.

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