As part of Fort Nisqually’s summer long Crafts of the Past program, the fort will be featuring Chuck Larsen’s Native American beadwork on June 30 and July 1. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Chuck Larsen is a Metis/Ojibwa/Iroquois historian, artist, and educator. He learned his bead craft in western Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan from relatives and friends. The Metis are descendants of many generations of fur traders and the Native American women they married. Larsen also learned his craft from several distinguished Pacific Northwest beaders, such as James Holycross, Cowlitz/Puyallup/Yakima, who is also a descendant of HBC fur traders.
He will present an exhibit of northern-style Native American bead work embroidery, and teach those who wish to participate the stitching, and beading, and design techniques involved in the art.
Crafts of the Past at Fort Nisqually features a local artist each weekend throughout the summer who will display samples of their work, demonstrate their specific art form and offer visitors hands-on opportunities to try their hand at the craft.
By hosting this program at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum it also allows visitors to gain a greater depth of knowledge and better understanding of how and why specific art forms developed and were used. The program also furthers the mission of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum to encourage people to discover and explore their connection to Pacific Northwest history.
Crafts of the Past is free with regular Fort Nisqually admission.