Bead Work with the Pokanoket Tribe at Camp Wetu

Every year, Camp Wetu runs during June, July in August at the historic Mount Hope Farm in Bristol for children from six to twelve years of age. It offers them a camp experience that educates, engages, and enhances their confidence in their innate ability to nurture themselves, their community and the planet.

Pokanoket Tribe members Sherry “Starlight” Dunn and Michelle “BlueShell” Bethune volunteered their time and expertise to teach campers how to do American Aborigine  beadwork. [Click here for a 7-minute video of the session.]


Starlight shows the campers some of the sinew that they will be using to string both shells and glass beads to make a necklace or a bracelet.


Camp Director Carolyn Westgate and Starlight help campers string shells and beads on their pieces of sinew.


Campers try on their finished bead and shell necklaces that they will take home to wear.


The group proudly displays their work before posing for a group photo with camp staff and Starlight and BlueShell.


Click here for a 7-minute video of the session