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Education Thursday: Prepare a Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda, part 4

Posted on: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Next weekend starts the three-day celebration of El Dia de los Muertos. Complete some projects to prepare for the celebration and make your own ofrenda (altar) to honor a loved one. Instructions for papel picado (paper cutting), skeletons, stamp printing and more will inspire your creativity! Visit our Educational Resources page for details.


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Maxwell Museum rug auction

Maxwell Museum Rug Auction


Ask the Maxwell: Will there be a rug auction this year?

Posted on: Friday, October 15, 2021

D.L. asks: Will there be a Maxwell Museum Rug Auction this fall?

Yes!  We are excited to announce that the Maxwell Museum Navajo Rug Auction, conducted in partnership with R.B. Burnham and Company will be returning to the Praire Start... read more

DIY Dancing skeleton

Education Tuesday: Prepare a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda, part 3

Posted on: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Explore the beautiful and colorful traditions of El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Learn about this holiday, complete a word search and crossword puzzle, decorate some coloring pages, and make your own dancing skeleton. Prepare... read more

Storm pattern weaving (MMA 85.49.9)

Storm pattern weaving (MMA 85.49.9)

Object Monday: Storm Pattern weaving by Rose Keith

Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2021

This Storm Pattern (171 x 111.5 cm) weaving by Diné weaver Rose Keith won the blue ribbon at the 1979 New Mexico State Fair.  The storm pattern is believed to have originated in the western part of the reservation and in 1903, a storm pattern rug... read more

paper bouquets

Education Tuesday: Prepare a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda, part 1

Posted on: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Explore Hispanic crafts by making your own ramillettes. Ramillettes are “little flower bouquets” made for decorating any celebration. In this version of the tradition, we use decorative or recycled paper. Get creative and make your own to keep or... read more

Tin frame


Education Tuesday: Prepare a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda part 2

Posted on: Monday, October 4, 2021

We continue our exploration of Hispanic folk art with tin frame making. Get creative with recycled materials and make a picture frame for a traditional display in your home. Complete this project and ones in the next two weeks to make an ofrenda ... read more