One December 14th, students will have the opporotunity to work with Michelle Sanchez; beader, traditional regalia expert and teacher. She will teach the basics of beading a Native American medallion. Michelle learned to bead at a very young age and has shared her expertise and knowledge through artist in residence programs, after school labs and studio classes. The class will be held on Monday, December 14 from 4:00-6:00 at Larsen Elementary. The cost of the materials will be $10.00.
Native American medallions have been traced back to as early as 800 A.D. The medallions were traditionally used as talisman against threat or harm. Medallions have been made of metals, precious stones, shells, and bone. Since the introduction of trade beads, medallions have become more sophisticated in their design. Modern day madallions are now sometimes used as cultural and individual identity markers. Come join us in learning how to build this traditional craft that spans across time and tribes.