Duninhdi by Julie A. Taylor


Julie A. Taylor

Rockville, Maryland, USA

Artist Statement

Duninhdi is the Cherokee word for October’s Harvest Moon. Autumn has always been my favorite season, a time when you reap the results of months of hard work and prepare for the cold of winter. I was raised in Southeastern Alaska and have a memory from my childhood of walking in the early evening and watching an enormous moon rise from behind Arrowhead Mountain. It was an awesome sight that stopped me in my tracks. The moon has always played an integral part in the lives of indigenous people and plays a major role in time keeping, navigating, and spiritual and mystic worship.

I have been a traditional quilter for many years and have begun branching out and experimenting with different mediums and techniques in recent years. As I grew pumpkins and Indian corn in my garden this year, my inspiration was right outside my back door.


A wood-burning tool to age the leaves, thread painting, beading, embroidery, fabric painting, cord making, appliqué, and free motion quilting.


Fabric, arrowheads, beads, cord, yarn, thread, paint sticks, Terial Magic.