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Feathered Treasures: Ceremonial Objects of the Amazon

Feather Vest The Mayborn Museum Complex is pleased to announce our upcoming traveling exhibition. Feathered Treasures: Ceremonial Objects of the Amazon will grace the Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery from May 21 October 8, 2006. This beautiful and unusual exhibition comes to the Mayborn from the Houston Museum of Natural Science and features head dresses, masks, breastplates, full-body costumes, and other items made by indigenous tribes found deep in the Amazon rain forest. These rare objects, all of which are made of natural materials found in the forest, were used in rites of passage and other traditional ceremonies. Materials used include brilliantly colored feathers, iridescent beetle carapaces, clay, shells, bees' wax and raw latex. This exhibit will provide a rare glimpse into the vanishing cultures of the Amazon.

This distinctive exhibit is made possible through a generous grant from the Baylor-Waco Foundation and a matching gift from the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Foundation.

To celebrate both this exciting exhibition and the museum's second anniversary, we will be hosting a preview party Color under the Canopy on Saturday, May 20th. The evening will be an Amazon adventure filled with exotic hors d'oeuvres and desserts, music, dancing, and a special preview of the exhibition. For tickets, call Sarah Levine at 254 710-2517.

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