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Oregon Folk life Workshop: Dentalium Shell Necklaces

  • Eco Hub @ Willamette Heritage Center 1313 Mill Street Southeast Salem, OR, 97301 United States (map)

Dentalium (tooth) seashells were historically used by Inuit, First Nations and Native Americans in western Canada and the United States as a trade item and adornment. They were harvested from deep waters off the Pacific Northwest coast.

Learn how to make your own dentalium shell necklace similar to those worn by Northwest tribal members. Siletz tribal member James Anello will show how to prepare, match, string and finish a necklace with shells, sinew, deer leather, glass trade-style beads and a selection of pendants. Registration opens Tuesday, December 4th.

Ages: 14 - adult
Cost: $20/person + materials ($20-$50, depending upon length and selected embellishments)
Register in advance by emailing Info@StraubCenter.org or calling 503-779-5227.