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The Orpheus Workshop: Native American Bone Jewelry with Ty Ellis

  • 08 Mar 2021
  • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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Bone Jewelry, most commonly seen in the form of a Choker/Necklace, is an essential part of indigenous culture native to what is now known as America. The art of threading this jewelry is applicable to many desired results; be it a necklace, bracelet, choker with or without a pendant, breastplate, and more. This class with Ty "Dancing Wolf" Ellis from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, will demonstrate the techniques used to string a choker together.

Skill Level:  Beginner

Suggested Materials: 

 What the Teacher Will Be Using (and links for interested parties):   What you can use: Amount 
 sinew Sewing Thread 


 Bone Hair Pipes  Spaghetti Beads  24, each 2''
 Metal Beads Glass or plastic pony beads   small bag
 Bone/ Leather Spacers    Any durable material 7, with 3-4 holes each 
 Scrap Leather/ Buckskin Any cloth material   
 Leather String (for tying) Very thin rope/ show laces/ small chain & hook   1

optional materials: smaller hairpipes, charms, a pendent such as a shell with small holes drilled into them

Supplies Needed: Hole Punch, Scissors

About the Artist: Tyrone "Dancing Wolf" Ellis is a Wolf Clan member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation of New Jersey. He practices many cultural arts, such as rattle making, drum making, singing & drumming, regalia making, and beadwork. He was a recipient of the New Jersey Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant, working under the tribe’s Chief to learn the creation of both Pow-Wow Drums and Water Drums and gained a residency from the Wheaton Arts to teach the younger generation of tribal youth. Tyrone has learned from numerous respected elders and knowledge holders amongst the tribe, including well known people such as Chief Mark “Quiet Hawk” Gould, Co- Chief Lewis “Grey Squirrel” Sonny Pierce, late grandmother Lorraine “Rainbow Walker” Gregg, Urie Ridgeway, and Will Mosley Sr. As his tribe’s Annual Pow-Wow and Program Coordinator he demonstrates the bulk of these arts to the public to promote healthy relationships while reducing stereotypes and ignorance of Native American Culture. More about the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation at https://nlltribe.com/

Questions? Contact Amanda Muir at orpheus@fsgw.org

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