COMMUNITY RESEARCH GALLERY
Welcome to the Community Researchers' Gallery Collection. Click on the images and links below to meet the artists and view their portfolios:
Graduates of the Stitching Our Stories workshop are eligible to apply for the Community Researchers training program, which offers intensive workshops in digital photography as well as an introduction to documentary film and ethnographic research.
The researchers‐in‐training came together to further develop their skills and interview techniques and set out in their own communities to document the varied and changing roles of women in Lao society. Although the participants come from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds they all share the excitement of having the tools and training to explore their traditions and share their stories. Their research topics have ranged from traditional medicine, Tai Lue weavers, and parenting to Hmong shamans, textile artists, and paper-making.
Upon completion of the training program, participants become Community Researchers for TAEC and youth participants are eligible for an internship position at the museum.
MEET THE COMMUNITY RESEARCH TEAM
The reason I chose to research Hmong batik and Ms. Xue Xiong is because it is an interesting part of Hmong identity and there are few people left who are skilled in this traditional craft. Ms. Xue Xiong is getting old and is not sure how long she will be alive in this world. I have never seen anyone draw the batik as good as her, and there does not seem to be anyone interested in learning from her or carrying on the tradition. I am worried about this craft, because if Ms. Xue Xiong passes away, the Hmong community may lose an important part of their culture.
I have learned many things since we started this project, and I am very happy and proud to be part of it. I hope my work will make people more interested in Lao and Hmong culture."
After my dad died 10 years ago, my mom started to make saa paper. Before that, she worked in the rice fields, but when he passed there was no one to help her. At first she sold to the village, but in 2002, the Night Market opened. Since then, she has been selling her work at the market and uses the money to send me and my siblings to school."