Workshops

Twining Native American Style Bags:
Students of all levels will learn new techniques, patterns, and designs while creating a naturally-dyed, wool bag based on southeastern Native American designs. Depart with a vast amount of information and a frame to continue additional projects. No experience required, but some manual dexterity is needed. (The supply fee of $65 is due to the instructor on the first day of class.) Time: A Twined Bag workshop needs four, three-hour classes. Suggested times are 9 AM-noon, 1-4 PM, or 5:30-8:30 PM, or a week long workshop totaling five, eight-hour days. 

Introduction to Twining:
Learn to make a bookmark or a bracelet. With these skills you can twine a strap, belt or be introduced to twining so you will want to make a bigger project such as a bag. Supplies are included. Time: This is a great 10am-2pm class with a thirty-minute break with your own sack lunch.

Making Deer-Toe Leggings! aka “Toe Party”:
Some groups are wanting to make deer toe leggings for stomp dancing but don’t know how to get started. We offer two workshops with different approaches to help get them stated. Call 205-366-2275 for details.


Programs

Stomping the Night Away:
Creek Friendship Dancing! Learn and participate in traditional Creek social dancing. Learn the history of stomp dancing and hear Native American songs and cadences. See and use handcrafted shakers made and used by women. These shakers represent a 225-year evolution of unique rhythm instruments made from deer toes, turtles, and cans. Participants can make a simple deer toe necklace to take the sound home with them.

Handmade cordage and finger weaving:
The short-course in Native American textiles! Try out traditional Native American skills. Start with making essential cordage from native plant fibers. Then try the art of traditional finger weaving (without a loom) by making twined bags, an important and nearly extinct Indian art.

 

Demonstrations

Creek Hunting Camp: 
Look, touch and experience a camp setting over 200 years old. See how things found in nature are used to create beautiful works of art.