Main navigation | Main content
A lesson on the traditional beading styles and patterns of Great Lakes Ojibwe nations.
Many students have prior knowledge about beading. We talk about where they see beading or the uses of beading in the community (regalia, jewelery, purses). We then looked at pictures of Minnesota Ojibwe bead-work. We talked about the flaw or ghost bead that is a part of each piece. The idea of the ghost bead represents that nothing human made is perfect, so Ojibwe beaders place a bead out of pattern on purpose to celebrate our 'flaws' as humans. Students really liked this component of the bead introduction.
For the first day beading we talked about how students need to take care of, and be respectful of, their peers' supplies and space during this activity. The process of room set-up and material distribution would be different classroom to classroom. Plan accordingly.
Students are shown examples of some beading that I (the teacher) did in professional development workshops. I also show the regalia I made that I want to add beading onto.
Students shared their bead-work with the class. They talk about their pattern and color selection, their ghost beads and, as a class, about the process of beading. We will go into the medicine wheel and Tom Peacock's "The good Life" next.
We used a rubric for the bead-work. Students also wrote a reflection piece on their beaded project; what the pattern means, how they will use it, etc. Displays will be created for the school.