Grantee: Royce Manuel
For his 2017 NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship, Royce Manuel will teach his apprentice, Matthew Yatsayte, the cultural and historical significance, and making of fiber art items by harvesting desert plants that were more commonly used amongst Native tribes of the southwest in the past for survival purposes. Traditionally, agave plants, which are from the desert, had many purposes and were often used as common binding materials, for nourishment, and to create functional art. His lessons will include on-going discussions of regional plant growth, seasonal information, harvesting methods, preparation processes, and identifying a list of fiber arts where agave and desert plant materials can be used.
Manuel will integrate artifact and collections research in the mentorship by visiting city and tribal museums with his apprentice. Additionally, he plans to learn and explore with his apprentice about museum historic preservation practices, cultural educational efforts, Indigenous research methods, and also plans to conduct interviews of selected families who have traditional knowledge about desert plants.
My work is inspired by my paternal grandmother. – Royce Manuel