Stevens Point raised beadwork artist featured on Wisconsin Life
For the Gazette
PORTAGE COUNTY – Wisconsin Life on PBS Wisconsin offers plenty to get excited about. Host Angela Fitzgerald connects viewers with people whose passions, experiences and expertise celebrate the best of Wisconsin, introducing new stories from every corner of our state.
Stevens Point raised beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman is featured in an episode of Wisconsin Life, 7 p.m. on Jan. 6 on PBS Wisconsin.
Karen Ann Hoffman believes it’s important for her to feel connected with her Oneida heritage. That’s why over the last quarter century, the Stevens Point resident has been both a student and teacher of Iroquois raised beadwork. It’s an ancient art form practiced by the five nations that make up the Iroquois Confederacy, including the Oneida. Beads are sown to create intricate patterns with a three dimensional effect.
Hoffman says its use of velvet and layered beads separates it from other Native American art forms.
“I think it’s critical for all people to know who they are, and I think that sense of identity is what keeps all of us grounded,” Hoffman said.