Anyone interested in the high art forms of our North American Indigenous Peoples will appreciate this rare exhibit of the Diker Collection at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). In conjunction with this exhibit, on February 28, SAM brought in professional storytellers, dancers and musicians from many native communities who shared throughout the day; along with artists like myself, who offered simple drop-in art projects linked to the Diker Collection Exhibit for those walking by. I offered Nature Necklaces, bringing in a tableful of twigs, bamboo, leaves, grasses, cedar, cattail, and scouring rush. What a fun mess we made! The day was well attended with 147 necklaces walking away, proudly worn by their makers. I am grateful to SAM for the opportunity to have been a part of this fun day. And I am especially thankful for the assistance of the magnificent weaver Polly Sutton, and SAM volunteers Traci and Polly!
My two youngest Grandkiddos really helped me a lot with figuring out the Nature Necklace project. I am so lucky to have their help too!