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Beadwork Workshop

Beadwork is a prominent practice in many Native American communities throughout Turtle Island. Beadwork, quillwork, bone-work, and appliqué are often seen at pow-wows and many tribal cultural events.

Join Bizhiki for a session of Native American beading. We will cover some of the historical and contemporary uses of beads, while sharing techniques and common practices to achieving nice-looking end products. Lead instructor Sheena Cain (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, Red Lake Ojibwe) will guide participants in beading their own small projects. All skill levels welcome to attend. Feel free to bring your own equipment and material; beads, needles, thread, material are all supplied for participants.

Participation is limited to 20 people. Free tickets (external link) are required and are available on Eventbrite starting on Monday, March 20, at 8:00 am.

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About the Artist

Sheena Cain (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)

Sheena is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe who grew up in a family who always instilled cultural values, today she passes these values on to her two daughters. Sheena is a Jingle Dress dancer who fell in love with the style at a young age after hearing the stories of healing that is brought by the dress and dance. She dances for those who need healing, for those who cannot dance & for those who simply enjoy watching the beauty of our cultures. Dancing is her way of sharing the stories that have been passed down to her to the future generations. Aside from dancing, Sheena is a model, clothing designer, seamstress and does various other traditional crafting and cooking.

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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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For further information on this event, contact Dery Martínez-Bonilla at or (217) 244-3649

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.