Artist workshop in Santee draws beaders

Small Towns

By April Goettle, former staff member

A fun beading workshop was held at the Nebraska Indian Community College in Santee on April 5.

Beaders Deanna James and Emma Stumblingbear demonstrated different beading techniques, as well as shared patterns for beaded moccasins and earrings.

The Farmers Market Program, a joint effort of the Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Indian Community College, brought beading supplies so everyone could create something during the workshop, although many folks brought their own projects to work on.

Emma and Deanna brought samples of their work to share with everyone, and another guest brought a beaded jacket that belonged to his father, with everyone discussing what tribe may have created the floral design.

The farmers market will start in late June or early July this year, with free tables for vendors. Several workshops are planned for Santee residents this summer, including a workshop for artists in June which will offer information about selling artwork online, creating a website, shipping, pricing, and more.

The Farmers Market Program is also working on finding a location for a regular beading / craft meetup, where folks can work on projects and share their knowledge.  Information will be posted to Facebook once a location and time is confirmed.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Santee Farmers Market or attending future workshops, check out our event calendar or the Santee Community Farmer’s Market Facebook page for event information or to ask questions. For more information about our work in Native communities, click here.