Beadwork

Athabascan women have been creating beautiful beaded clothing and other decorative objects for centuries. Traditionally, they used seeds, carved wooden beads, shells, and quills. Glass beads were introduced after European contact.

Intricate Athabascan beadwork can be found on moccasins and boots, articles of clothing, blankets, tools, quivers, and jewelry. Many cultural groups in Alaska practice beadwork for their regalia, jewelry, and fine arts.