Beading with Princess Winona By Andy Bullock

My fascination with beads and beadwork began more than 50 years ago.  At that time, there were a few basic books with techniques and designs.  We travelled to museums, Pow Wows and Community Beading Workshops.  Quality beads were only available at Pow Wows and a very few Mail Order shops.  “Zip-Lock” plastic bags were unheard of.  Beads were sold in hanks, a series of loops of beads…or in manila envelopes.

She was one of the few Pow Wow vendors who could boast that she had “made everything on her table”.

 A dear family friend, Princess Winona, hosted Bead Class at her home every Friday night.  She was a wonderfully generous mentor.  Never sitting still, she always had a project in the works.  She was one of the few Pow Wow vendors who could boast that she had “made everything on her table”.  She taught me and hundreds of others how to do beadwork.  As important as sewing beads, these classes served as a “Moccasin Telegraph”, sharing news, history, jokes and events.  I think of Princess Winona every time I do beadwork.  

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum