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4/12/2006 Anthropology exhibit to highlight donation to college

McMINNVILLE – An exhibit featuring Southwest Indian art will be on display starting April 21 at the Anthropology Museum at Linfield College.

The artifacts exhibited will consist of the Dorothea E. and Donald Dirks Collection, which includes pieces by some of the Southwest's most famous artists, including pots by Feather Woman (Helen Naha), Silvia Taliswiaima and Helen Shupla. Other works include a kachina doll, a figurine of a woman weaving and a sand painting.

"There are a lot of amazing artifacts such as intricately woven rugs and beautiful pots," said student curator Stephanie Lovell.

Dirks, a 1935 graduate of Linfield, donated the 22 pieces in the exhibit. Since their donation last year, the pieces have been professionally appraised and accessed by the Linfield Anthropology Museum student staff. The process, completed by Lovell, student co-curator Jennifer Zimek and the four other student curators, includes cataloging the information in computers, conservation of the objects, designing the exhibit theme, preparing labels and installing the artifacts in the exhibit room.

"[The work] exposes us to a lot of different cultures, and it's a good background for working in a museum," said Lovell.

An opening reception will be held Friday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in the first floor foyer of Walker Hall, immediately outside the Anthropology Museum, located on the first floor of Walker Hall. Earlier that day, Mrs. Dirks, 93, will be honored at a luncheon and then tour the college with family and friends. At the reception, which is open to the public, there will be brief presentations by Mrs. Dirks; Joel Marrant, professor of anthropology and LAM faculty adviser; and student curators Zimek and Lovell.

For more information, contact Marrant at or 503-883-2286.