Iroquois Raised Beadwork CourseSaturday, February 24with Karen Ann Hoffman Workshop 9-12 / Potluck Lunch / 1:30-5:30 Workshop, continued Tuition $75, plus $20 Materials Kit fee paid directly to instructor.

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is a rare style of Native American Beadwork from the Eastern Great Lakes Region. First executed with stone and shell, later with moose hair and hide, and now with velvet and glass beads this Beadwork protects and preserves Iroquois culture and world view. During the course, each student will create a 3″ fancy pincushion, using patterns provided by instructor Karen Ann Hoffman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The beadwork project will be used as a vehicle to explore Iroquois history, culture and society and its relationship to the dominant culture. At the end of the course, the student will leave with a deeper understanding of Native Woodland world view as well as a handcrafted piece of Iroquois material culture.

TO REGISTER: Phone us at 608-924-4000. We’ll take your name, contact info, and payment by credit card. Or mail your info with a $75 check to Folklore Village, 3210 County Rd. BB, Dodgeville, WI  53533. Confirmation will be emailed to you. Questions? Contact Meghan at

Artist Bio Karen Ann Hoffman honors the traditions of her people in her designs inspired by the traditional Iroquois world view and executed in materials of the highest quality: custom-dyed silk velvet, tiny Czech beads, and sometimes even hand-printed calico. Hoffman exhibits and speaks across the United States. The Wisconsin Arts Board recognizes Hoffman as a master artist. Her best-known work, “Wampum Urn”, a three-sided urn in plum velvet lined with white satin and beaded in glass seed beeds, wampum, and amethyst, resides permanently in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. It depicts Peacemaker and the gift of wampum to the Iroquois people.

“My designs are not a commodity,” Hoffman says, “they come from within and were inspirations.” “It is not enough to be pretty. I want people to understand that great beauty – artistic beauty – is intentional.”

Karen holds a Masters Degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and her award winning beadwork has been exhibited at The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Evanston, Illinois), The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum (Appleton, Wisconsin), The Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis, Indiana), and The Wisconsin Arts Board Lobby Exhibit (Madison, Wisconsin.)

Her work is also represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum-Indigenous Clothing Collection. She was also a member of the Skanikwat Project, Nakuru, Kenya, Africa. The project, led by Sam Thomas, used tribal beadwork as a medium to foster peace across languages, races, religions, and continents.


This event is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.