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Birch bark has been used by Indigenous peoples for millennia, from storage vessels, winnowing trays, and baskets of all sizes, to canoes and coverings for houses. Its natural beauty is perfect for creating stunning adornments. Inupiaq-Athabaskan artist, Rhonda Anderson will lead participants through the creation of beautifully beaded birchbark earrings. Participants will learn ways to harvest this renewable resource, prepare, and bead on birch bark. Birchbark will be harvested beforehand from the woods of Northern Western Massachusetts.
All materials will be provided. Location TBD. This Free event is limited to 20 participants - Online Pre-Registration is Required, Sign Up Now!
Rhonda is Iñupiaq - Athabascan from Alaska. Her Native enrollment village is Kaktovik. Rhonda is most importantly, a mother, as well as a classically trained herbalist, silversmith, and activist. She works as an educator within area schools and the 5 colleges region in Western Massachusetts. Rhonda has sat on several panels and roundtables to discuss how to implement the Hyde Amendment within all IHS institutions across The United States, how to better educate Native students in Massachusetts, and issues regarding Native teen drug and alcohol use, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and reproductive rights. Her activism ranges from removal of mascots, Water Protector, Indigenous identity, and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from extractive industry. Curator of the “Vital. Vibrant. Visible: Indigenous Identity Through Portraiture” an ongoing collection and exhibit of portraits of Native peoples of New England, brings awareness to contemporary Indigenous identity. Rhonda is a founding member of Ohketeau Council and the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation, as well as a representative of Native Movement.
Supported by generous donors to the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum.