We have been learning about Native Americans this year and these past two weeks we have been learning about our local Native American Nation...the Iroquois Nation.
I wanted to add some artwork into our studies so I decided to have the kids make wampum "belts".
Wampum were made from seashells. They were typically made from the quahog (purple beads) and the whelk (cream/white beads) shells. Wampum were used between tribes to send messages or to tell stories. (We mistakenly thought it was used for money...it was not)
First I printed out graph paper for the kids to make some practice designs.
I used graph paper with 3 lines per inch.
After picking their favorite design, I had them string pony beads onto white chenille stems. We used the traditional colors, white, purple and black.
The grid we used was 12 squares by 6 squares. This was a good size for the finished product.
I then cut an 8 inch square piece of matte board. I cut 6 slits in the edges of the board to bend the 6 chenille stems into place. This secured them nicely.
Kimberly's final product.
Luke's final product.
I found this great idea at Create Art With Me!