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Forget-me-not Earrings with Kathleen Meckel

July 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A beginner level “micro-project” workshop for participants 14 and older. Students will learn traditional bead motifs of Interior Alaska while creating their own wearable art.

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Date/Time: July 29, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free -requires registration

Important Info: Materials will be provided to in-person participants.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  In-person participation is limited to ten people and participants must wear face coverings. Scholarships are available – apply easily at the registration link. We will also make this class available at no charge by Zoom, but Zoom participants must provide their own materials (see list at bottom of the listing).

These workshops are intentionally brief, with projects that can be completed in one sitting, to make them more accessible to a broader range of participants.  “People have busy lives and limited time for traditional practices to be shared so it is important to create micro learning spaces for this to occur with planned beading projects that could be completed. This style makes it easier for people to slip into spaces of time that fit their needs or to select an activity they would like to participate in,” explains Kathleen.  Kathleen also points out that the value of the learning will go beyond skills, because “Traditional story telling takes place during periods of activity and this is when cultural values and beliefs are shared or passed on. When you are teaching others how to bead there is focus and usually curiosity, making this the perfect time for passing on traditional knowledge.”

This project made possible with generous support from the Alaska Native Heritage Center and live streaming by AlaskaLive.TV


Class 1: Forget-me-not beaded earrings

  • Size 11*seed beads: Dark blue, light blue, yellow, green
  • Nymo B thread or Berkley FireLine crystal, 6 lb
  • Size 11 short and long beading needles
  • Earring wires
  • Beading mat
  • 4” Scissors (or other beading scissors)


July 29, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
101 Dunkel St
Fairbanks, AK United States
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