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Weaving Bitter with the Sweet: The Meaning of Heritage for Refugees

Image of bright textiles in background.  Text "Weaving Bitter With the Sweet."  and "November 12."  Insert pic of two people, a male is Vanxay Saenphimmachak on left-hand side and female on right-hand side. Female is Mone Saenphmmachak
Poster of Lowell Folklife Series
William T. Geiger

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News Release Date: October 28, 2013
Contact: Maggie Holtzberg, 978275-1719
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, Massachusetts.Come join us for a fi­lm, a hands-on experience of weaving, and a facilitated conversation. Mone Saenphmmachak is a master weaver. She is also a Lao refugee, tormented by survivor guilt. Resettled in St. Louis during the 1980s, she ­finds factory seamstress work sewing gun holsters. In her precious spare time, she weaves traditional Lao skirts and teaches the next generation of Laotian children. Winning a National Heritage Award in 1993, Mone ultimately chooses to give up her looms.

Weaving Bitter with the Sweet is a moving documentary film that explores the refugee experience and its impact of sustaining cultural heritage. The fi­lm invites viewers to "unpack" assumptions about the meaning of cultural heritage for refugees -- a topic with the potential to resonate with many re-settled communities here in Lowell.

7:00 p.m. Welcome & introduction

7:15 p.m. Hands-on weaving experience

7:45 p.m. Film screening

8:15 p.m. Facilitated conversation

For information about Teacher Professional Development Points, contact the Tsongas Industrial History Center: TIHC@uml.edu Event is free and open to the public

The Lowell Folklife Series program is free & open to the public at 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Lowell National Historical Park Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street, Lowell, MA. For information on the event call Maggie Holtzberg at 978-275-1719. For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.


Did You Know?

Historic etching, Lowell National Historical park

The population of Lowell grew dramatically during the years of industrial expansion-rising from about 2,500 in 1826 to more than 33,000 in 1850, when Lowell was the second largest city in Massachusetts.