For thousands of years, shells and beads have been used by the Native Americans of Northwest California in jewelry and adornment. These objects have manyMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2011View SourceFor thousands of years, shells and beads have been used by the Native Americans of Northwest California in jewelry and adornment. These objects have many dimensions, from social, aesthetic and economic to historical, intercultural and spiritual. In fact, it is commonly accepted that the first evidence of art occurred through the use of shells, and beads made of shell, bone, wood, metal, glass and stone often provide anthropologists with clues to the history of ancient civilizations.
"Shells and Beads in Native American Adornment" is the subject of a presentation by art historian, author and curator Ron Johnson on Feb. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity St.
Johnson will give a brief history of how beads from all over the world made their way to Northwest California.
Guest presenters Callie Lara (Hupa, Karuk and Yurok) will talk about her bead and shell necklaces, and Liz Lara-O'Rourke (Yurok) will tell
traditional stories about abalone and dentalia.
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