Idabel, OK (November 29, 2017)—Native American artist Greg Bohanan will led a beading workshop at the Museum on December 9th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Participants will use the gourd stitch—a winding, brick-like pattern—to create a keychain. Christina Eastep, Acting Head of Programs, noted that “Mr. Bohanan has led many successful workshops…having such a talented artist lead this class is a blessing for us and those who learn from him.” The program costs $45 for nonmembers and $40 for members at the Contributor level or higher. All supplies are provided. Participants can register online or by calling (580) 286-3616.
Beadwork is one of the best-known forms of native American art. Prior to European contact, native Americans used natural materials like porcupine quills, shells or antlers to decorate their goods. The introduction of small glass beads in the late 1700s led to an explosion of new art. Over time, each tribe developed their own distinctive designs, colors, and styles. Many continued to use beads alongside traditional materials. Others created unique beading techniques known only to members of their tribe. There has been a renewed interest in beadwork in recent years. Modern artists often borrow techniques from other tribes and incorporate them into their own work.