Native American Finger Weaving


Three Sessions: Saturdays, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1; 10:30 AM-Noon

Location: Pleasant Hill Library, 5151 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill

Cost: $27

Class Limit: 10


Study the Native American art of finger weaving, including the materials Iowa tribes used to make items such as belts, garters and straps. Students will learn the basics of finger weaving and will create their own small items. In the first session learn a basic finger weaving design you can practice on your own. In the second session the instructor will show how to finish the project and teach a new weaving design. In the final session the project will be completed and discussion will include other types of finger weaving. All project materials will be provided by the instructor.


Instructor Melinda Carriker received BA degrees in communication and earth science from the University of Northern Iowa. She has spent many years researching the history of the Ioway Tribe, learning from current Ioways and members of other tribes and replicating the way they lived circa 300 years ago. Melinda, who loves to share her knowledge about the rich Native American culture that helped shape Iowa, was supervisor of the Ioway Farm at Living History Farms for 20 years.




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