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Friends of Native Arts

Frederic Huntington Douglas was one of the first scholars to recognize the artistic achievements of American Indians as well as the arts of Africa and Oceania. From 1929 to 1956, as the Denver Art Museum's curator of native arts, he began acquiring the objects that form the core of what is now recognized throughout the world as one of the most important collections of native arts. In 1974 the Douglas Society, now Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, was founded to honor and ensure the continuance of the work of Frederic Douglas.

 

You must have an active DAM membership to join FoNA.

 

$1000 - FoNA Connoisseur Membership

Friends of Native Arts Connoisseur Membership

 

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts, plus invitations to private receptions and special tours.

 

$125 - FoNA Patron Membership

This level of membership includes all benefits of the Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts.

 

$250 - FoNA Benefactor Membership

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of a Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts.

 

$50 - FoNA Individual Membership

This level of membership includes participation in all Friends of Native Arts events as well as the quarterly email newsletter.

 

$500 - FoNA Collector Membership

This level of membership includes all benefits of a Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts, plus invitations to private receptions and special tours.

 

$75 - FoNA Family Membership

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of an Individual membership for two adults plus all children (age 18 and under) in a household.

 

Hopi Tiles at David Cook Gallery

Ellen Anderman would like to invite you to hear her brother, Tad Anderman, speak about his wonderful collection of HOPI TILES.

When: Tuesday December 18th
Where: David Cook Galleries, 1637 Wazee St, Denver, CO (303-623-8181)


6:30 - 7:00 join us for a drink and some things to nibble on and socialize.
7:00 Tad will give a presentation about how he came to collect the tiles, the links he and the tiles have to the DAM and Frederick Douglas in particular, and the history of these tiles and their significance.

This extraordinarily rare collection of Hopi tiles date between 1880-1910. Today a little over 1500 Hopi tiles still exist in museums and private collections. Of the tiles remaining two thirds of them are in four collections. The largest collection being the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado (310). The other collections are Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass (270), George Taylor Anderman Private Collection,  Silver Plume  NM (166) and the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, 100.
The Hopi are direct descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans who emerged in the southwestern USA, around 500 and 1250 A.D. Centuries old Katsina dances still play a strong role in the spiritual life of the Hopi tribe today.

 

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