Columbia Plateau Beading

Teacher: Brigette McConville | Dates: Sat-Sun, 04.06-04.07 , 10am-4pm | Location: North Mississippi Annex
Tuition: $250 | Materials: $50

Since time immemorial, the Tribes of the Columbia Plateau (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce) utilized shell, stone, bone and natural paint to ornament their wares. More info...

When glass beads were introduced through the trading process, the new material was transformed by the hands of Tribal artists into iconic imagery which adorns clothing, regalia and everyday objects. Students will work on a medallion while learning the history of beading in the Columbia Plateau. Instruction will include a demonstration of the following processes: choosing a design, preparing the foundation, beading techniques with two needle applique, and finishing techniques with a one needle 3-bead edge. While most students will not finish their piece within the 2-day workshop, Brigette will provide enough information on how to complete the beaded medallion at home!

All Native Arts classes are offered at 50% off tuition for all peoples of North American Indigenous descent. Please email for details.

Open to beginners, but ideal for those with some beading experience. 

No previous experience necessary, though ideal for those with some beading experience. This workshop is open to anyone 18 years old & over who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for Studio Workshops. All participants must accept the inherent risks of participating in a Studio Workshop and agree to sign a liability waiver. This waiver describes in more detail the risks you assume by participating in a Studio Workshop. PLEASE carefully review it!

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