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October 28 to November 3, 2016

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions

Mathers Museum of World Cultures ranked in Top 5 of Public-Friendly University Anthropology Museum
Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures has been ranked as one of the top five public-friendly university anthropology museums in the United States. Reviewers, describing the museum as "small but lively," gave special attention to the museum's "dynamic public outreach program." Read more.


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Image of Fantasy Creature, Mexico.


Image from museum exhibit




Day of the Dead altar image.



Image of a guitar






Image from Miss Navajo



Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters!
Sunday, October 30; 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Halloween season by making monsters, playing monstrous games, and hearing Halloween stories. There will also be a scavenger hunt through the MONSTERS! exhibition, and a special presentation by the "mad scientists" of the IU Chemistry Department at 3 p.m.! The event will be free and open to the public.

Open University Against Islamophobia:
Islamic Fashion and Fashioning Faith
Tuesday, November 1; 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Bloomington Against Islamophobia will present an "Open University" week, October 31 through November 3, and 20 Indiana University-Bloomington professors and instructors will open their classrooms to the public, and teach on a variety of global issues related to Islamophobia. Professor Beth Buggenhagen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will discuss "Islamic Fashion and Fashioning Faith" during a presentation at the Mathers Museum. The event will be free and open to the public.

Day of the Dead Altar Lighting and Reception
Tuesday, November 1; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception to celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones. You're invited to add gifts to the altar in honor of those who've passed, as it's customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it's built upon the foundation of the previous years' offerings. The event will be free and open to the public.

First Thursdays--Crafting Sound: 5 Indiana Instrument Makers
Thursday, November 3; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will bring five musical instrument makers to November's First Thursdays event including Iuri Santos, a Capoeira Angola artist who makes berimbaus--one-string instruments used to accompany this Brazilian dance-like martial art. M. and David Roach will make and play whimsical ocarinas, and Bill Berg, perhaps Indiana's most prolific instrument maker, will be showing a sampling of his creations. Also, guitar maker Jamonn Zeiler will demonstrate just a few of the building techniques he uses to make his one-of-a-kind instruments. After being inspired by these accomplished instrument makers, you can try your hand at making your own with our instrument building challenge. Need more inspiration? Visit the "Instrument Petting Zoo" to see a selection of musical instruments from the museum's Education Collection.

Mathers After Hours--Miss Navajo (2007) and New Things Club
Thursday, November 3; 7 to 9 p.m.

Directed by documentarian Billy Luther (Navajo-Hopi-Laguna), Miss Navajo explores Navajo culture through the story of Crystal Frazier and the Miss Navajo pageant, which centers around tradition and the perpetuation of Navajo culture and values--a reframing of the more typical pageant focus on the female form and beauty. Additionally, in partnership with the Student Academic Center the Mathers Museum will host the inaugural meeting of the New Things Club after the film screening. Dedicated to inspiring students and community members to try new things, this club will engage in activities on campus and field-trips off campus. The screening will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.



Image of detail from

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State

Costume: Beauty, Meaning, and Identity in Dress

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings


Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?

Tools of Travel

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The Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibition Hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum exhibits and programs is free.
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