Lesson 2: My daughter made a beaded bracelet.
This lesson was actually completed months before our Native American unit study, but fit right in.
Joel E. Hendricks has had a life-long interest in Native American costume and design. He is featured in this PBS video, Illinois Stories: Native American Clothes and Beads. His interest began at the age of 9 years old with reading lots of books on the topic. Today, he not only creates Native American clothing, but attends Pow-Wows, judges dancing and works to preserve Native American culture.
My girls love crafting of all sorts, so to inspire them to learn more about Native American history I turned on the video above. Well it didn't take long for the girls to sit beside me. They were very interested.
The video did an excellent job of displaying examples of Native American bead work. After watching, we were craving tutorials.
This was another successful interest based educational activity. My daughter did all the work on her own.