Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Native American Indian Art Dolls and beadwork

What a wonderful surprise to find these Native American dolls and beaded shoes and handbags at the Museum in Grand Teton National Park.
I was enraptured by the details and colors.Most of these items were made for trade. What a treasure to find these in the majestic mountains of Wyoming. What inspired pieces. Notice the crosses and flowers and animals?

If you are ever in Grand Teton National Park, stop by the Museum near Jackson Lake. It is full of Native American baskets, pottery, a tepee, toys, tools, and of course these wonderful dolls and beaded bags and shoes.
Another reason to visit is our friend and author and Park Ranger Laine Thom. He has been at the Park for years and has become a family friend (even staying at our homes). He is a Native American with a mixture of tribal heritages (Shoshone, Goshiute and Paiute). He does a wonderful hour long nature walk and knows just about everything there is to know in the Museum and about Native American culture. If you want to know more about Laine you can find him here.
Of course, now I'd like to try my hand a bead work. Do any of you do bead work?