The Beauty of Native American Beadwork


Beadwork is a traditional form of accessorizing for many Indigenous American cultures. In November, Duane and Maria Whitehorse of the Kiowa Nation came to UF to give a demonstration on how to make jewelry with traditional glass beads.

Natalia Turkel, the vice president of UF's Indigenous American Student Association, which was just formed this semester, modeled some of the beadwork for REVENIR.

While the glass peyote-stitch beadwork is a tradition of the Kiowa nation and Turkel is descended from the Quechua people of South America she was eager to learn about the diverse cultures of other Indigenous American tribes.

"I'm not very familiar with the indigenous part of my heritage," Turkel said, "that's why I'm here."