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Cleary (Guire) and Jade B. Ngoc Le Collection of Hmong and Iu Mien Refugee Artifacts
MS.SEA.008  
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box 1, box 16

Hmong woman's embroidered costume, front piece used as an apron, Hmong in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 01-04 1979

box 2

Hmong woman's skirt before dyeing, appliqué, and embroidery, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 06 1979

box 1

Two green Hmong sashes, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 07 1979

box 3

Six pieces of black cloth used by Hmong women to make clothing, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 08 1979

box 4

Handmade woman's bag with 7 spoons, 2 combs, 2 pencils, a small knit bag, and a silver pen holder, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 09 1979

box 5

Baby hammock, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 10 1979

box 6

Handmade quilt, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 11 1979

box 7

Mosquito net, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 12 1979

box 8

Cloth bag containing 3 cultivation tools, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 13 1979

box 9

Handmade purse containing hand forged scissors, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 14 1979

box 9

Pot used to cook sticky rice, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 15 1979

box 15

Cooking pot possibly made from metal salvaged from an aircraft, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 16 1979

box 10

Twelve enameled plates, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 17 1979

box 11, box 12

Two wooden chopping blocks, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 18-19 1979

box 9

Tin box containing fishing lines and medications, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 20 1979

box 8

Neck ring made of copper with silver traces, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, purchased at a pawn shop in San Francisco by Guilre Cleary 21 1982

box 8

Cleaver, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 22 1979

box 13

Three pieces of Hmong adult clothing including pants and jackets, Hmong in origin from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 23 1979

box 14

Hmong children's clothing, including pants and jackets, Hmong in origin from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 24 1979

box 15

Bag containing Mien sewing materials, Mien in origin from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 25 1979

box 8

Two English language exercise books and 2 pencils, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 26 1979

box 8

Mien refugee identification cards, Mien in origin from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 27 1979

box 15

Lao sticky rice basket, believed to be ethnic Lao in origin from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 28 1979

box 15

Lao miniature sticky rice basket, ethnic Lao in origin from the Thai refugee camps, typically given as a gift, gift to Guire Cleary by Thongpanh Douangpanya 29 1981

box 8

Machete with wooden scabbard, believed to be Hmong or Mien in origin, from the Thai refugee camps, left at the Travelodge Transit Center by a refugee family 30 1979

box 18

Steamer used to cook rice, collected by Guire Cleary 31 1980

box 9

Small wooden lamp with animal figures, ethnic Lao in origin, likely purchased in Thailand, typically given as a gift, gift to Guire Cleary from Sengthong Chanthavong 9 1980

box 8

Wooden plaque with carving of the That Luang stupa, ethnic Lao in origin, made in the refugee processing center, typically given as a gift, gift to Guire Cleary from an ethnic Lao refugee 33 1982

box 9

Wooden figure of a deer, ethnic Lao in origin, likely purchased in Thailand, typically given as a gift, gift to Guire Cleary from an ethnic Lao refugee 34 1981

box 5

Lao shoulder bags, ethnic Lao in origin, likely made in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand, typically given as a gift, gift to Guire Cleary from an ethnic Lao refugee 35-37 1981

box 9

Glass ashtray and door keys from the Travelodge Motel, souvenirs from the refugee transit center at the motel, south San Francisco, California, acquired by Cleary 38 1979

box 9

Metal buttons with the label "CWS," from Church World Service used to identify refugees and refugee workers, acquired by Cleary while employed by CWS 39 1979

box 9

Coffee mug from the Travelodge Motel, souvenir from the refugee transit center at the motel, south San Francisco, California, acquired by Cleary 40 1979

box 8

I.C.E.M. plastic bag used to hold refugee x-rays and documentation, from the refugee transit center at the motel, south San Francisco, California, acquired by Cleary 41 1979

box 16

Mien child's hat with red pompoms 42 circa 1980

box 2

Hmong women's skirts 43-44 circa 1980

box 9

Lao wood matches in a box 45 circa 1980

box 6

Ethnic Lao women's skirt 46 circa 1980

box 1

Woman's scarf 47 circa 1980

box 8

Three metal soup spoons 48 circa 1980

box 1

Two Hmong or Mien needlework squares 49 circa 1980

box 5

Black child's hat decorated with metal coins and small circles, beads, pink and white feather pompoms 50 circa 1980

box 6

Blue denim women's blouse, possibly ethnic Lao 51 circa 1980

box 17

Five Laotian cooking pots 52 1978

box 6

Embroidered storycloth with images of animals and people, believed to be Hmong in origin from Thailand 53 circa 1980

box 8

Handmade scissors 54 circa 1980

box 8

Incense sticks 55 circa 1980

box 19

Lao Association of San Francisco and Tolstoy Foundation Lao Temple Project, correspondence and information on refugees living in the United States 1980