Trade Beads: How Technology can Solve a Mystery

Date: August 8, 2019

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Gooseberry Falls State Park

Event Description

Craft beading has always been an important part of the lives of people who live on this landscape. From copper beads from thousands of years ago found on archaeological sites to later shell and clay beads, these adornments were widely used and traded. Even quillwork designs were later repeated in embroidered glass beadwork, which became popular after European materials arrived. Archaeologist Dr. Heather Walder uses cutting-edge technology to study glass beads and learn how they were made and used, focusing on the fur trade era of the 17th century. She will share her investigations of beads from many sites throughout the Western Great Lakes. Meet at Lady Slipper Lodge for this interactive program.

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Trade Beads: How Technology can Solve a Mystery