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World-wide list of beadshops (most of which are hippie or non-Indian or African) is on a special FAQ maintained and updated by many people for rec.arts.beads newsgroup. You can find places here -- Canada, U.S. by state to buy or catalog-order almost all beading supplies. Unfortunately, the favorite shops and catalog sources of Indian people (the ones I know of) are not on this list. Generally, Indian city people can buy at city Indian center shops, and reservations with strong beadworkers often have wholesale-rate supply sources. The listing here is mostly for non-Indian hobbyists.
Dege's Garden Village, 612-739-5296, 831 N. Century Avenue, St. Paul (on the border of Maplewood) is a little-known excellent source, though only for those in Minneapolis-St. Paul (no mail or phone orders). Because of Indian relatives, this large garden store has always had a little bead center. When Czechoslovakian beads (the best) were allowed to be imported in 1976, they established supply contacts for those very fine, unusual color, extra-small, old-style cut glass. They also have extra-fine needles for them, as wll as other supplies. Large projects and matches to old unusual ones can often be done here and they special-order large amounts for regular customers.
Resources -- Beads, supplies, books from BeadWeb
Some Native Bead Sites from Beadweb including a lotta commercial ones whose stuff isn't that good, up in the history/display area.
Oneida Nation's Beadwork exhibit -- Part of a great site
Oneida Nation's wampum cultural exhibit
2-Row Wampum -- Chris Kahon:wes Deer has the scoop on its historical meaning, and a pic, part of his Kanienkahake (Mohawk) page.
Beyond the Fringe article about pricey beadwork purchasing. Did you know "You can get most Indian arts/antiquities for under $500,000 which amounts to a virtual giveaway"? This will make all beadworkers either mad or ambitious to read this thing about trendy collectors making investments. This character who was offered a great Pipe bag in 1979 for only $700, which he recently had to pay $25,000 to get, for example.
The Zombie Powwow Carrousel Milwaukee Museum spent $1.5 million on a gigantic turntable with 37 lifesized figures dressed up in priceless regalia revolving around a drum group in the middle. I can dimly understand that's how a white museum likes to display us that way and how easy it was to get $ for it from foundations and th government, but why on earth did Forest Co., Potawatomi Bingo give them $250K toward constructing this atrocity?
Mocassin and Mukluk Page, by Judy Kavanaugh. Pictures of some, links to related sites, book reviews, but her main thing is she makes and sells them and also sells kits of instructions, hides, and sewing materials. Judy also has an Inuit fashion show page, with handsome contemporary beaded kamicks.
Beadwork -- From Tara Prindle's NativeTech page. Explores and illustrates pre-contact beadwork of Northwest woodland peoples.
Wampum pages from Prindle's Native Tech
Essay on quillwork, with focus on work of the Dene of Northwest Territory Canada. Info on preparing and dying quills, weaving, twisting, embroidery, and basket-quill decorations. A few illustrations of modern Dene quillwork.
Dene, Athabascan beadwork, an essay on how it came to the Northwest territory (brought by some nuns), the patterns (which are Woodland flower style), and a bit about the techniques, with a somewhat diffrent vocabulary used -- double-needle applique is called "couched" for instance. Some illustrations, pix of noted elder beadworkers.
19th century Inuit sealskin heavily beaded outer parka--Glenbow Museum (Alberta, Canada) collection.
Box & border deerskin robe--19th century robe is beaded rather than painted, as is more usual. A detail of its beadwork is used on the cover of the National Museum of the American Indian (NYC) book of essays, All Roads are Good.
Beaded Plains-style mocassins made (around 1890) by the Dakota mother of J. Wounded Horse, Wood Mountain Reserve, Saskatchewan. These were Native people who fled to Canada from the Minnesota exiling in 1862, and now live in Treaty 6 area. Contrary to the museum, they are Dakota, not Lakota. Glenbow Museum (Alberta, Canada) collection.
Beaded competition dance outfit--Wearing matching beaded cuffs, vest, dance apron, dance bag, fan and porcupine quill roach, noted Northern Ute regalia-maker Paul Manning LaRose demonstrates examples of his skill on a Dakota Dreams Gallery page. NOTE: This page's graphics have been messed up for more than a year. Delete?
$38,000 beaded buckskin shirt $38,000 Created by unrecorded woman from Ft. Berthold (ND) Mandan tribe in 1890. It's the lead-in for a classy Santa Fe Gallery that sells Native antiquities. $38K, yep, there's some beads on it. Check it out, beadworkers, something to look forward to 100 years after you're dead, ay.

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