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Daybreak or Dawn
Charlie Grinnell and Julia Grinnell
Hidatsa, Parshall, North Dakota
1995
Cotton/polyester with polyester filling
81" x 89”
MSUM 7787.1
Photo by Doug Elbinger, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

Native artists have adapted the beadwork, rug weaving, and basket weaving patterns of their cultural heritage or of their own experience into their quilts. The Grinnells made their quilt in a pattern similar to their Hidatsa beadwork.

Daybreak or Dawn is featured in the MSU Museums' traveling exhibit, To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions. Ben Young Bear, the Grinnell's nephew, made his version of the quilt as a tribute to his aunt and uncle. Both quilts are now a part of the MSU Museum's collection.

Native artists have adapted the beadwork, rug weaving, and basket weaving patterns of their cultural heritage or of their own experience into their quilts. The Grinnells made their quilt in a pattern similar to their Hidatsa beadwork.

The Grinnell's Daybreak or Dawn is featured in the MSU Museums' traveling exhibit, To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions. When their quilt was stolen at an exhibition venue in Virginia, Ben Young Bear, the Grinnell's nephew and a survivor of the Red Lake High School massacre, made his version of the quilt as a tribute to his aunt and uncle. The stolen quilt was returned and now both quilts, with their similar looks but different, intertwined stories, are in the MSU Museum collections.


Charlie and Julia Grinnell stand with their nephew, Ben Young Bear (Red Lake, MN)
in front of his version of Daybreak or Dawn made in 2008.
Photograph courtesy of Ben Young Bear.


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