Native American Beading


Thu, May 11, 2023

In this three-hour intensive workshop, learn about the traditions and techniques of Native American beading with Shinnecock artist Denise Silva-Dennis and craft your own beaded jewelry. Inspired by the beaded artworks of Teri Greeves (Kiowa) and Marcus Amerman (Choctaw Nation) in Craft Front & Center: Exploring the Permanent Collection, Silva-Dennis will highlight examples of Native American beadwork and show participants how to make beaded earrings.

All materials are provided and space is limited. Ticket includes free admission to the Museum for participants who wish to arrive early.

About the artist

Denise Silva-Dennis, Weetahmoe, (1960) (Shinnecock/ Hassanamisco-Nipmuc) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based at the Shinnecock Nation in Southampton, New York. Permanently certified as a New York State teacher in both special education and art, Silva-Dennis presents her Shinnecock/Hassanamisco culture through her artwork of life-size figurative paintings, outside historical murals, beadwork (fully beaded rosette necklaces, dancing fans, earrings, moccasins, and a beaded cradleboard) regalia, talking sticks, dreamcatchers, and other artifacts when she visits schools, museums, and libraries.

Image: Khoiye-Goo Mah, Converse high-tops beaded with cut beads and silver-lined seed beads by Teri Greeves, currently on view in Craft Front & Center: Exploring the Permanent Collection

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors six months and older are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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