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July 21, 2009

CW's American Indian Lecture Series discusses 18th-century tribal chiefs' coats

Scarlet Cloth and Tinsel Lace: 18th-century Indian “Chiefs’ Coats” is the upcoming installment of the Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Colonial Williamsburg journeyman tailor Mark Hutter will discuss the use and meaning of “chiefs’ coats.” Throughout the 18th century, political negotiations between colonial governments and Native Americans were often begun and concluded with the exchange of gifts. While large quantities of cloth and clothing were given to Native communities, scarlet coats trimmed with gold lace were given only to Native men of political importance and honor. Hutter will discuss his study and reconstruction of rare fragmentary originals and the multi-cultural significance of these diplomatic emblems.

No ticket is needed to enjoy this program. Free reservations can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.

The American Indian Lecture Series is part of the Foundation’s American Indian Initiative, which takes a broad-base approach to include the histories of American Indians in 18th-century Williamsburg.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121