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Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 17th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 17th, 2014

A new exhibit at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles will showcase over 250 examples of beadwork. According to the Autry, this exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people.

The exhibit will run March 15, 2014 through April 26, 2015, so plenty of time to plan a road trip to Los Angeles!

Ojibwe dance apron (breechcloth), 1885. Velvet, glass beads. Gift of Miss Donna Held. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

Ojibwe dance apron (breechcloth), 1885. Velvet, glass beads. Gift of Miss Donna Held. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

Bag made by Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), circa 2011. Hide, cloth, glass beads, ribbon, metal. Purchased by the 2011 Gold-Level Member Acquisitions Committee. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

Bag made by Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), circa 2011. Hide, cloth, glass beads, ribbon, metal. Purchased by the 2011 Gold-Level Member Acquisitions Committee. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

Arapaho/Shoshone moccasins, 1947. Leather, glass beads. Gift from the Collection of D. L. and Shirley K. Hall. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

Arapaho/Shoshone moccasins, 1947. Leather, glass beads. Gift from the Collection of D. L. and Shirley K. Hall. Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center

For more information on the exhibit, prices and hours, please visit TheAutry.org.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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jeannie jorgensen

hello
I wonder if you have any catalog beads or photo for stuff and I live in seward Alaska and I m indian call Athebascan and I m hard of hearing..
thank you let me know
jeannie

Becky Ruttle

beautiful bead work that was done. I wish I had this kind of talent to do this. I am still learning at my age of 57 years young.

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