The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer youngsters hands-on learning about corn husk dolls, Northwest Coast button blankets, and other Native items at its Kids Craft Morning weekend workshops in January, February, and March. 

Mitchell staffers and volunteers lead the informal, one-hour sessions where children learn to construct simple versions of traditional Native American objects using everyday craft materials. 

Kids will make Woodlands porcupine quill boxes out of colored toothpicks and cardboard; Northwest Coast button blankets of plastic buttons glued to felt; Plains warrior shields of decorated cardboard; Northwest Coast rattles of dry corn kernels sandwiched between paper plates; bolo ties of nylon cord, cardboard, and colored mosaic tiles; God’s eyes of yarn and craft sticks; woven baskets of yarn and plastic foam cups;  beaded key chains of hemp cord, beads, and metal key rings; corn husk dolls of real corn husks and yarn; talking feathers of craft feathers, felt, and beads; beaded bracelets and headbands of cord and beads made on a cardboard loom; and Lakota Star quilts of cloth and heavy paper. 

Workshop dates, times, and themes are as follows: 

— January 14, 11 a.m.–noon, Woodlands porcupine quill boxes
  
— January 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Woodlands porcupine quill boxes 

— January 21, 11 a.m.–noon, Northwest Coast button blankets 

— January 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Northwest Coast button blankets 

— January 28, 11 a.m.–noon, Plains warrior shields 

— January 29, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Plains warrior shields 

— February 4, 11 a.m.–noon, Northwest Coast rattles 

— February 5, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Northwest Coast rattles 

— February 11, 11 a.m.–noon, children’s bolo ties 

— February 12, 12:30–1:30 p.m., children’s bolo ties 

— February 18, 11 a.m.–noon, God’s eyes 

— February 19, 12:30–1:30 p.m., God’s eyes 

— February 25, 11 a.m.–noon, woven baskets 

— February 26, 12:30–1:30 p.m., woven baskets 

— March 3, 11 a.m.–noon, beaded key chains 

— March 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m., beaded key chains 

— March 10, 11 a.m.–noon, corn husk dolls 

— March 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m., corn husk dolls 

— March 17, 11 a.m.–noon, talking feathers 

— March 18, 12:30–1:30 p.m., talking feathers 

— March 24, 11 a.m.–noon, loom beading 

— March 25, 12:30–1:30 p.m., loom beading 

— March 31, 11 a.m.–noon, Lakota star quilts 

— April 1, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Lakota star quilts 

The museum also makes available coloring projects and other simple craft activities on request at the workshops. 

Offered year-round, the museum’s Kids Craft workshops are designed to introduce children to Native cultures of the U.S. and Canada, which are the focus of the Mitchell Museum’s collections and exhibits. 

Workshop participants have the opportunity to view authentic examples of Native crafts from the Mitchell’s collection and illustrations of Native designs as models for their projects. 

Kids Craft Morning activities 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 Morning workshops is included with museum admission, which is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students, teachers (with valid school ID), and children. Admission is free for Mitchell members and tribal members. 

The independent, nonprofit Mitchell Museum is at 3001 Central St., Evanston. For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.
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