Native American Artisan Series - Sam Thomas
10:00am - 5:00pm
June 20, 2013
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Sam Thomas | Beaded Artwork
Kahdohdonh (standing forest, as in trees and bushes)
Sam’s introduction to beadwork came when he was just a teenager, then living at Niagara Falls. He and his mother took beadwork classes with Faye DuBuc. She taught them how to do “little stuff,” like jitterbug pins. He and Lorna went on from there, doing their own research into the history of Iroquois beadwork, and developing their techniques. Over the years, their reputation grew, as did the demand for their work. Sam has eight siblings, and sometimes they help out with especially big orders. In 1992, Sam became a full-time beadworker.
Besides creating beadwork, Sam also has become very active as a teacher of the art, with about three hundred students a year. He has taught classes to other Natives in Oneida, Wisconsin; Detroit; Brantford, Ontario; and the Canadian Native Centres in St. Catherines, Hamilton, and Thunder Bay.
About the Series: Fenimore Art Museum welcomes Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists to spend two days in the museum galleries and outdoors at our Native American Interpretive site Otsego: A Meeting Place. Artists teach and create unique artwork and crafts. Engaging conversations with these artists offer a delightful, insightful way to learn about traditional Native American art skills that have been handed down for generations.
Admission to the Native American Artisan Series is included with regular admission to the Fenimore Art Museum. Admission is free to NYSHA members. Become a member today!