Max Dashu (The Distaff: Fates, Witches, and Women’s Power)
Max Dashu, feminist cultural historian and artist, founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document global women’s history in images, to track patterns of domination, and to reflect the full spectrum of the world’s social systems, cosmologies, and cultural treasures. She is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography and sacred story, and for her many writings on recovering women’s history and dismantling patriarchal worldviews.
“What does a truly global view of women look like? One pattern that emerges — not the one we have been shown — is female spheres of power: culture-makers, weavers, and builders, medicine women, elders, herbalists, and drummers. We need to know about the egalitarian mother-right cultures, like thirsty people need water. Not all human societies have been based on domination.”
Max will present a visual history on the symbolism of distaff and weaving, and will also tell her story at the plenary panel for authors of the anthology Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries.