Re: beadwork

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Posted by Elaine on November 05, 1999 at 09:46:05:

In Reply to: beadwork posted by Jamie on November 05, 1999 at 08:58:10:

: Hi, I am an Elementary education student who is teaching first graders about Native American beadwork in 45 minutes. I have searched the web looking for clues and not finding much,I'm not real real sure what I seeking but nothing has appealed to me so far. I have been instructed to ad-lib by coloring macaroni and having them construct their own necklace in class. But I do not know "WHY?" Why did and do Native Americans make these necklaces? Excuse me for being ignorant. I am just looking for a simple way to explain this to small people and hope that they will find value and meaning to it (within 45 min) I'd appreciate your help. Thanks, Jamie

Hi Jamie,

It's so good to try & explain the 'why.' Clabert explained the scenario pretty well ... you might want to talk about how people within all cultures have always sought adornment, whether for aesthetics or to show social status. In the Americas, as European beads became readily available, strung, woven, & bead embroidery became increasingly more popular.

You might want to try something other than macaroni. If possible, get some imitation sinew & pony beads. These will be very easy for children to work with & they will LOVE stringing their own bead necklaces!

The URL Ayesha posted is a very good source for background info & ideas.

(Hey, Dana, thanks for the *plug.*) :)

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