Archive for July 31st, 2022

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Making Quiltwork by Simon Joseph Ortiz

Like the coat of many colors, the letters, scraps,
all those odds and bits we live by, we have come
to know. Folks here live by the pretty quilts
they make, more than make actually, more than pretty.
They are histories, their lives and their quilts.
Indian people who have been scattered, sundered
into odds and bits, determined to remake whole cloth.
Nothing quits. It changes many times, sometimes
to something we don’t want, but we again gather
the pieces, study them, decide, make decisions again,
yes, and fit them to color, necessity, conditions,
taste and choice, and start again. Our lives are quilts,
letters, odds and bits, scraps, but always the thread
loving through them, compassionate knowledge
that what we make is worth it and will outlast
anything that was before and will be worthy
of any people’s art, endeavor, and final triumph.

Here, look at my clothes, quilts, coats of many colors!

From: https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/content/making-quiltwork

Date: 2002

By: Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941- )