2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017
“Traditional Native Beadwork: A Demonstration and Discussion”

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will host “Traditional Native Beadwork: A Demonstration and Discussion” with Sherman Bear Ribs, Hunkpapa, and Diane Comes Out Holy Two Sticks, Oglala Lakota, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The event will be free; a reception will follow.

Visitors will watch the artists as they create beaded objects and discuss the cultural meaning and beauty of their work. The artists have presented workshops and demonstrations regionally and nationally.

Plains peoples used plaited, dyed porcupine quills, shells, bones and other available materials to decorate clothing and other objects. With the advent of European contact, “trade beads” allowed for even more colorful and intricate designs.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition’s supplies included 33 pounds of beads of assorted colors for trade with and gifts for Native peoples they encountered.

The Center’s Native beadwork event is an opportunity for visitors to encounter the beauty of other cultures and also deepen their appreciation for the artistry of their own traditions.