Tuscarora Raised Beadwork Workshops

w/ Rosemary Hill


Saturday, March 18, 2023


Clam Shell w/ Flower


Join master bead worker Rosemary Hill as she shares the history and techniques of traditional Tuscarora raised beadwork. In this 1 day , 3 hour, workshop you will learn to do raised beadwork over a Quahog Shell (Wampum) at the end of this project you will have a beautiful heirloom keepsake to pass down the generations of your own family.


Rosemary (Rosie) Rickard Hill is a Tuscarora beadwork artist from the Tuscarora Reservation.
Rosie learned to do beadwork from her mother, Margaret Rickard and great aunt, Gertrude Chew: by the age of seven, she began to learn flat beadwork, and around the age of ten, raised beadwork. Some of her earliest memories of selling beadwork at Prospect Park with her mother, grandmother and great-aunt involve traversing the then-newly installed Robert Moses Parkway (and its medians) with all of their tables and materials.

She has been teaching for over 30 years. She is passionate in preserving, collecting, and interpreting historic Tuscarora patterns and motifs and ensuring knowledge of them remains or re-enters the community. Her beadwork is based on her family’s beading techniques and traditions, and has been exhibited in numerous museums and at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Seating is limited. No Refunds.

Open to ages 12yr-122yrs

$60 Price includes all craft materials, Tools available for loan.

Scholarships are available.

New York State Council on the Arts

Tuscarora Raised Bead Workshops with Rosemary Hill are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.