Native American Beading culture crosses many tribes and has significant meaning in who we are in our tribes as well as what we believe in within ourselves. Join Ela Diel, a Cherokee native, as she shares with you pieces of her culture. Help keep some native traditions alive through beading art.
- Seed-Beaded Bracelets
In seed-beaded bracelets we’ll cover designs and two different ways to string the beads. Come make something with me that you can wear on any occasion with pride as you make what resonates with your spirit.
- Wed., March 30 at 5 p.m. at Old Colorado City Library
- Thu., April 7 at 5 p.m. at Sand Creek Library
- Sat., April 30 at 2 p.m. at High Prairie Library
- Fri., May 6 at 1 p.m. at Monument Library
- Sat., May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Library
- Wed., May 18 at 11 a.m. at Manitou Springs Library
- Thu., May 26 at 5 p.m. at Fountain Library
- Seed-Beaded Rosettes
In seed-beaded rosettes we will learn a way to meditate in beading in the round to make beautiful centerpieces that can be made into centerpieces, wall décor, pendants and more.
- Seed-Beaded Earrings
In seed-beaded earrings we’ll be making beautiful pieces that will compliment any outfit and share our native art with all who admire them.
Drop in for open hours helping Maker in Residence Ela Diel create a community-based project in Native American Beadwork!
Ela will guide you on how to contribute beads to a community canvas that will be displayed in the Library in the future.
- Fri., April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library 21c
- Fri., May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library 21c
Hello! I'm Ela. I'm Tsalagi (Cherokee) native. My Tsalagi name is Unega-Waya, which means Happy Wolf. This is my heritage: My grandmother grew up in Appalachia in what is modernly known as North Carolina. My grandmother moved away from the tribe to marry my grandfather, an Irish-American to live in New York where they had four sons. She passed away when I was only two, however my father passed on our culture and traditions, and I have since reconnected with the tribe. I love art and beading is a great way to express art and keep my family's culture alive. I am autistic, so if I don't look you in the eye or stutter a little please forgive me. Outside of that, let's have some fun, bead and celebrate the Tsalagi culture together! A'ho!