Anonymous said: How did you learn how to bead? I want to learn but I don't know how and I don't really know anyone who could teach me
Personally i was taught by a friend of mine and his family. first they taught me how to bead using a lazy stitch and bead traditional lakota designs (they’re Oglala). When he got sick (cancer) and was unable to get together to bead, I learned how to bead rosettes via video by Sally Dosela’s youtube channel.
I've also had to learn how bead traditional style choctaw medallions and our lace collar necklaces. Since I'm living in Washington and not Oklahoma, Mississippi, or California (there's a large chahta population there thanks to the dust bowl) I had to learn via online videos and also talking with choctaw tribal members (both choctaw nation and mississippi band) how to make them correctly. Most chahta beadworkers were pretty awesome and more than willing to help out/give advice and/or perspective on the beadwork.
I would say, from experience, it’s best and easiest when you have someone there to teach you. I would check to see if there are any native communities in the area or if you’re in an urban area if there are any native community centers you might be able to go to. It’s plausible that there’ll be beading classes there. If nothing else, you can make connections to people that do beadwork. It’s also best to learn with someone who knows how to bead because there are particular teachings behind doing beadwork that maybe taught to you that will not be talked about in a public forum like youtube or a book.
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