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Guide to the Guire Cleary and Jade B. Ngoc Le Collection of Hmong and Iu Mien Refugee Artifacts
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Box 1, 16

01-04 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 1979

Box 2

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

Box 1

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

Box 3

08 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 1979

Box 4

09 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 1979

Box 5

10 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 1979

Box 6

11 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 1979

Box 7

12 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 1979

Box 8

13 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 1979

Box 9

14 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 1979

Box 9

15 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 1979

Box 15

16 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 1979

Box 10

17 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 1979

Box 11-12

18-19 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 1979

Box 9

20 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 1979

Box 8

21 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 1982

Box 8

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

Box 13

23 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 1979

Box 14

24 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 1979

Box 15

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

Box 8

26 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 1979

Box 8

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

Box 15

28 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 1979

Box 15

29 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 1981

Box 8

30 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 1979

Box 18

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

Box 9

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 1980

Box 8

33 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 1982

Box 9

34 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 1981

Box 5

35-37 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 1981

Box 9

38 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 1979

Box 9

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

Box 9

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

Box 8

41 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 1979

Box 16

42 Mien child's hat with red pompoms circa 1980

Box 2

43-44 Hmong women's skirts circa 1980

Box 9

45 Lao wood matches in a box circa 1980

Box 6

46 Ethnic Lao women's skirt circa 1980

Box 1

47 Woman's scarf circa 1980

Box 8

48 Three metal soup spoons circa 1980

Box 1

49 Two Hmong or Mien needlework squares circa 1980

Box 5

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

Box 6

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

Box 17

52 Five Laotian cooking pots 1978

Box 6

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

Box 8

54 Handmade scissors circa 1980

Box 8

55 Incense sticks 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