Over the course of scavenging for wool blankets, I have come
across twin blanket sets for twin beds. This is an unlikely prompt for “twin”
references in our culture, but it is mine. In the Seneca creation story,
Skywoman’s daughter dies giving birth to twins, sometimes referred to Right and
Left, Sapling and Flint, Daylight and Night Dweller. While these brothers have
conflicting natures, they are both considered necessary to keep the world in
balance. In a chaotic world, making sense of light and darkness has urgency.
Research, manifested in sewing circles with featured guests (Indigenous
storytellers, a classical studies scholar, an astrologist, and twins), will
generate new work (samplers, large hand stitched pieces, and a sculptural
installation) that reflects on how Indigenous “twin” stories nurture, instruct,
disrupt, and affect understandings of the universe, as well as how they suggest
connections across cultures.