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UW-Eau Claire students learn beading for Native American Heritage Month

Eau Claire (WQOW) – November is Native American Heritage Month, and students at UW-Eau Claire are honoring the culture through beading.

Throughout the month, UW-Eau Claire will host a variety of events to celebrate the history of indigenous people.

Wednesday, Skye Kujawski from the Office of Multicultural Affairs led a workshop to teach students how to make earrings and lanyards.  Kujawski says sharing the art of beading helps keep her culture alive.

“You may think, ‘Well how does making a necklace or making earrings honor your ancestors?’ Well, way back when, it was used for sacred and traditional reasons. Even though we may not always use it for those reasons, it’s still honoring them in a sense,” said Skyle Kujawski, Student Services Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at UW-Eau Claire.

As part of the Native heritage celebrations, a pottery exhibit featuring Native artists will open in the Foster Art Gallery on campus Thursday, November 7th at 4 p.m.

The full list of this month’s activities is at uwec.edu.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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