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By Joyce Bornfriend

The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center reopened in May after fourteen months closure due to COVID-19.   To celebrate, special “Meet the Artist” programs are scheduled  for the summer.   Visitors will be able to learn a new craft, discover their talents, or just take advantage of the opportunity to meet and interact with a working artist.  The programs include:

Native American Pottery

           Our Director of Education & Public Relations, Barbara Miller, will be working on traditional pottery. Trained at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Barbara will demonstrate pinch pot techniques with different pottery styles, clays, and firing methods.

           Visitors may make their own pinch pot or decorate a clay tile using methods the Outer Banks tribes would have employed.   Participants can expect to get their hands dirty and take home their own special creation.

Carved Shells, Painted Feathers, Beadwork

           Many of our returning visitors will recognize one of our “Meet the Artist” members as Amber Roth, the lady who is often at the front counter.  Accomplished in a variety of mediums, the craft Amber presents could vary from pendants carved from local shells,  painted feathers, to beadwork jewelry!

         The programs will be presented every Friday from June 18—September 3, 2021.  Details will be available on the museum website for each session as well as in the museum the day of the event.  Sessions are included in museum admission; however, there will be a modest charge for supplies if participants want to make their own craft.   Class size will be limited, so individuals may wish to pre-register.

          The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center is located on Hatteras Island and is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.   For more information, call 252-995-4440 or visit  www.nativeamericanmusuem.org.

Sample Clay figure made by Barbara Miller

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