A bead work student of Samuel Thomas and Lorna Hill, Karen Ann Hoffman creates beaded art that speaks, embodies, preserves and expresses the Iroquois worldview. Iroquois raised bead work is an art form of the peoples of the Eastern Great Lakes Region and its forms and designs reach back over ten thousand years. This art form was first executed with bone and shell, later with moose hair and hide and now with glass beads and velvet. A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and identified as a Master Folk Artist by the Wisconsin Arts Board Karen Ann Hoffman’s award winning bead work has been displayed at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, The Eiteljorg Museum, Wisconsin Arts Board’s Lobby Exhibit and is also part of the permanent collection of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Come to the Midwest Folklife Festival and meet Karen Ann Hoffman as she shares her bead work with us!