August arts & crafts classes scheduled
The Mid-America All-Indian Center hosts a variety of classes each month that give people from around the area the opportunity to make their own American Indian arts and crafts. Students are taught techniques that have been handed down for generations. Classes are led by local American Indian artists and are held at the Indian Center, which is located at 650 N. Seneca. The following classes are scheduled for August:
Beginning Dream Catcher-Making Workshop
1-3 p.m., Saturday, August 17.
Registration is $10 per person and all supplies are included in the registration fee. Dream catchers hang above beds to protect people from negative dreams. Dream catchers only allow good dreams to filter through, sliding down the feathers to the sleeper. Bad dreams stay in the net and disappear with the morning light. The dream catcher has been part of the American Indian culture for generations.
Beginning Shawl Making Class
1-3 p.m., Saturday, August 24.
Registration is $10 per person; materials are not provided. Shawls are an essential element of dress for women who enter the powwow arena. They are a symbol of respect and tradition. Shawls are handmade with light fabric and adorned with fringe, paint and beading in a way that has meaning to the dancer. Some of the colors and patterns relate back to tribal traditions.
For more information or to enroll, contact Education Coordinator Crystal Flannery-Bachicha by phone at (316) 350-3345 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org