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Artist Profile - Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas

About Sam

Samuel Thomas is an enrolled member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, Canada. Over the past 26 years, he has presented lectures, demonstrations, and taught workshops in museums and universities across the United States and Canada. He has been active in the ongoing research, revitalization, and continuance of Iroquois embossed (three-dimensional) beadwork. Sam approaches his work incorporating both traditional Iroquois design and symbolism and traditional Iroquoian teachings. Some of Sam’s accomplishments include a series of collaborative beadwork workshops that spanned two countries and involved 800 people of all races and nationalities. He then turned his attention to reviving bead traditions in Kenya, a project that culminated with the completion of a six-foot-tall beaded "Tree of Peace."

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