Max Dashu: Relic Hunter

Max Dashu is a relic hunter/art history/anthropology/history/feminist professor we all wished we had—or someday want to be—the type that can lecture for days and you’ll still be wide awake, wanting more.  More learning, more analysis, more laughs and jokes.  Since creating the educational resource, Suppresssed Histories Archives over forty years, Max has explored and dug up—and continues to with incomparable zest—the hidden, worldly histories of women through iconography, art, and mythology, bringing to the centre “Mother-Right” culture and forces us to not only imagine, but work towards the possibilities for a new society.  By grounding artifacts, icons and recorded stories of deities and goddesses within a feminist, woman-centered narrative, Max arouses a richer telling of human history—and the impacts when one half of humanity is distorted and left out.  Conversing over Skype, Max and I discussed women in history, art, anthropology, witches, and the popular TV series, American Horror Story.


max2011Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective.  Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education.  It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in patriarchal societies.  For over 40 years, Dashu has presented talks at universities, prisons, galleries, festivals and conferences around North America, Mexico, Germany, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Australia.  She is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, goddess traditions, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts.  Dashu has done extensive research on mother-right cultures and the origins of domination.  She is now completing a multi-volume sourcebook on women in European folk religion and the witch hunts.

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