Workshop on Jewelry making and Native American beliefs
With Mardella Sunshine Lowry
Mardella Sunshine Lowry was born and raised in Robeson County, N.C. and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She moved to Philadelphia, became involved in United American Indians of Delaware Valley, and began her teaching and art career. Mardella has been a featured artist across North America and overseas at hundreds of festivals, powwows, schools and libraries. She has served as a mentor to American Indian artists across the country and played an intricate role during the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In 2012 she was an American Indian Women of Proud Nations Honoree. Mardella's works with beads, leatherwork, quilting, wood, bone and soapstone carving, and storytelling.
Mardella will instruct participants on how to make corn necklaces and explain how Native Americans believe in using all parts of an animal or materials accessible to them to make jewelry. “It is our way of saying thank you to the gifts that are given us". Participants will not only learn a few of Mardella’s techniques, but will also learn about the cultural meanings of her creations.