Sunday, March 16, 2014

Make a primitive pendant at Institute for American Indian Studies

If you like jewelry and have an interest in ancient tribal jewelry, the Institute for American Indian Studies has the perfect workshop for you. On Saturday, March 29 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. the Insitute is running a "Stone Pendant" Workshop with primitive technologist Jeff Kalin of Cherokee descent.

It is said that pendants, charms and amulets were often found in and around grave sites. They were believed to protect the wearer from disease and other calamities. These ground, polished and carved stones were often made from slate and worn around the neck. They were often carved as effigies. The Thunderbird and various animals are some examples of effigies that were commonly sculpted.
Learning from Jeff Kalin, workshop participants will use steatite, slate and pipe stone to fashion pendants and beads. Students will learn to shape, polish, incise and drill, using stone age traditional tools and techniques. Call 860-868-0518 to reserve your space today.
Registration is required and the cost of the workshop is $60 which includes materials for non-members and $55 for members of the Institute.  The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Rd. in Washington CT. For more information visit
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