TYPES OF BEADS
Early Native American beadwork was done with beads made from bones, stone and shells. These are still used today, but more common is the tiny seed beads, imported from Europe. Introduced to Native communities via trade in the mid-19th century, these glass beads come in a variety of colors and are most often imported from Venice and the Czech Republic.
“Look for the quality of the glass beads, the tightness of the stitch, the traditional use of color and design, as well as the material beaded or quilled upon—is it hand, brain tanned buckskin?” —Jennifer Jesse Smith, Nambe Trading Post