Hands-on Heritage (HOMESCHOOL): December- Working with Wampum

Hands-on Heritage (HOMESCHOOL): December- Working with Wampum

12.00

NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL HAVE A SPECIAL SPEAKER WHILE NICHOLE IS OUT ON MATERNITY LEAVE! SPEAKER’S BIO BELOW:

Come to learn a new/old skill! 

Tyler State Park is partnering with Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School to bring you ‘Hands-On Heritage.’

In each of these programs, we will discuss local history in context of the season, and try our hand at some heritage skills to take home to share with our families.  

December

What: Working with Wampum

Learn the surprising history of the beautiful white and purple shell beads we know as wampum. Find out why they were valuable to both Native people and Colonists, and how they were woven into jewelry, sashes, and belts. Then try your hand at it. Make your own shell bead using a stone drill and weave a one-row bracelet using buckskin and glass wampum with the single-needle method.

When: Tuesday, 12/11 1:00-2:00pm

Where: The Classroom at Tyler State Park 

Who: 12 and up, unaccompanied student drop-off

Cost: Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of $12 per person materials fee

Speaker: Christine Applegate
As an educator at Churchville Nature Center in Churchville, PA since 2005, Chris has been teaching Lenape Lifeways at the center. Lenape Village as well as nature programs. She has also done school presentations, demonstrations and workshops for the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, PA, Circle Legacy in Washington Borough, PA, and the Native American Youth Camp at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. She has taught on a range of topics including natural dyes, cordage, finger weaving, corn husk basketry, and wampum.

Chris is also a Master Gardener in Bucks County, PA and is active with the Heritage 4-H Club. She enjoys beekeeping and basket making, and is a member of the Handweavers of Bucks County.

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