Museum will host classes on tools, beads, ornaments Two classes will be held at the W.H. Over Museum on Saturday, Nov. 6.
At 9:30 a.m., David Minor will show people how to make their own arrowheads or stone knives. The technique is called flint knapping because a flint-like stone is used to chip the edges of another to give it a sharp edge.
This is, of course, a very old technique among our Native people. In South Dakota, the commonest stone tools were made from the stones found in our region. These include, for example, jasper and agate found in the Black Hills, and obsidian from nearby volcanoes. These are silicon-based rocks and tend to chip well. Bring your own stone, or use some that we have.
At 1 p.m. you will have a chance to get acquainted with beading on a loom. Beads and looms are available at the museum, but you are welcome to bring your own. Winona Spotted Calf Begay will help you get started with this popular craft.
The beading class meets monthly, the first Saturday of each month, except in January, when it is held on the second Saturday. For your convenience, thread, beads and needles will be available through the gift shop.
Looking ahead to Saturday morning, Nov. 13, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., members of the Vermillion Garden Club have agreed to share their time and knowledge of making lovely Christmas ornaments from natural materials such as pine cones, milkweed pods, golden rod and the like.
During the past years, the Garden Club has created one of the loveliest trees in the museum with these kinds of ornaments. Everyone is invited to come, to bring what they like to make beautiful ornaments and have the fun of discovery in doing so.
For all the classes, children should be accompanied by a parent for safety and for the comfort. For further information, please call 677-5228. Please watch for additional classes as they are arranged. All classes are free, but supplies may be purchased.