Echoes of Tradition: Raised Beadwork

Echoes of Tradition: Raised Beadwork

Start date

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 10:00am

End date

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:00pm


Iroquois Indian Museum

324 Caverns Road
Howes Cave, NY 12092
United States

Mari Annette Clause will demonstrate the construction of elaborately ornate beadwork collars, cuffs and other items. Mari Annette is Mohawk Bear Clan and resides at Tuscarora Nation in western NY. This demonstration will focus on the raised or embossed beadwork technique. Today this distinct style of expression that originated in the early 1800’s embellishes traditional Haudenosaunee/Iroquois outfits for dance, ceremony, and weddings. Created by layering rows of beads one atop another, its 3-dimensional opulence is used to striking effect. 

Mari Annette's work has been featured in numerous exhibits including North by Northeast at the Akwesasne museum; Museum Abbe Museum in Maine, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in CT; and the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. She has consistently received First Place and Best of Show recognition for her creations over the past 35 years. She is also adept in the construction of cornhusk dolls and moccasins.