WORKSHOP: Beadwork (RE:Create)

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In this session, you will learn the basics of beadwork with Jace Decory and Michael Lekberg. This is a FREE event.

Although Lakota porcupine quillwork is oftentimes associated with the Lakota people as the foremost ancient art form, beading and beadwork of the 1800s swiftly became associated with the Lakota as their premier art form. Michael Lekberg and Jace DeCory will explore the history of beads and beading by sharing typical examples of the past, as well as contemporary beaded items. Participants will be introduced to the diversity of beading techniques, and by hands on learning of the Lazy (Line) Stitch. Workshop suited for young adults and adults.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral Spearfish. All materials are included. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About the Artists

Jace Cuney DeCory (Lakota/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Asst. Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. Recently retired, Jace taught American Indian Studies classes at BHSU for 33 years in the College of Liberal Arts. Jace has given a number of cultural presentations and her interests lie in Lakota history, art, philosophy, American Indian women and cultural change. Jace’s guiding forces are her two sons and grandchildren. She enjoys beading baby moccasins for relatives and friends. Jace credits Lakota elders for providing guidance, prayers and support throughout her life.

Jace is a proponent of healthy lifestyles for Indigenous people and has worked to develop health-related materials to inform and educate. She has given presentations at various health-related workshops, including the use of traditional tobacco (cansasa) in Lakota society for ceremony and prayer. Jace was instrumental in the development of a culture guide to assist folks working with American Indian people, entitled, Cultural Guide to American Indian Tribes in Montana and Wyoming, 2006, in her work a Project Export grant at BHSU.

Michael Lekberg was born and raised in the Black Hills (hometown is Sturgis) and has 55 years of beading experience. During a 27-year tenure as manager/buyer for Sioux Trading Post in Rapid City, he traveled extensively within a 7-state area to purchase tribally-made beadwork as well as teach beading classes at the shop. Currently retired, he is still teaching beadwork embroidery and maintains a great interest in following the careers of Native American Indian beadwork artists.



Date and Time:


Saturday, March 17, 2018


10:00 am - 1:00 pm


612 Main Street
Spearfish, 57783 United States
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