Local artist teaches students importance of Native American culture

Bartlesville resident Samantha Barnes has taken her beading business to the next level and recently taught some Texas community college students the importance of her Native American culture.

Barnes, a self-taught beader, traveled to Texas with some family members to teach beading to students.

“Since it’s Native American Month, they wanted to implement it and celebrate,” said Barnes, a young mother of three.

Barnes, a mixture of Delaware and Cherokee, said she learned beading after salvaging a beading book from her grandmother’s auction house.

“I decided to try it and I’ve been beading for eight years,” she said.

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