The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston is presenting craft workshops for kids on Saturdays in July, August, and September, many of which focus on Native peoples of the Plains.
The summer and early fall Kids Craft Mornings are designed to introduce children to Native cultures, including those represented in the museum’s new exhibit, “Dazzling Colors: The Evolution of Plains Reservation Art,” on view July 3 through October 17.
Museum staffers and volunteers lead informal, one-hour sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials and engage in other activities related to Native culture.
The craft workshops are from 11 a.m. to noon. Dates and themes are as follows
— July 3: Parfleche bags
— July 10: Ledger drawings
— July 24: Plains beaded bracelets
— July 31: Warrior shields
— August 7: Northwest Coast masks
— August 14: Talking feathers
— August 21: Dream catchers
— August. 28: God’s eyes
— September 4: Northwest Coast rattles
— September 11: Mini-tipis
— September 18: Baskets
— September 25: Fetish bracelets
Kids Craft Mornings are recommended for children ages 5 and up, but there is no minimum age requirement. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary.
Admission to kids craft workshops is included with museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, students, teachers (with valid school ID), and children. Maximum admission per family is $10. Admission is free for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members and, through September 6, for active-duty members of the U.S. military and their families. The independent, nonprofit Mitchell Museum is at 3001 Central St., Evanston. For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.