Art and Nature Camp 2010 gearing up for Native American Program

NORTH CREEK - The theme for this July's Tannery Pond Community Center Association Art and Nature Camp will be "Native American Art and Inspiration."

Director Kate Hartley, who studied Navajo art and culture for two years in Arizona, will be joined by Mohawk storyteller and author Darren Bonaparte. He will present a special "Wampum Chronicles" talk about the First American tribes who still reside in our region and about the wampum belts they created to represent important events and treaties. Replicas of wampum belts, made by Bonaparte, will be on display at the event. All of this year's campers and their families will be invited to his presentation, held on July 8 at 2 p.m. in the Tannery Pond Community Center auditorium.

Children ages 4-18 will explore many native crafts at the camp this summer, including stone carving, birchbark canoes, basket and dreamcatcher weaving, and beadwork. "Big Kids", ages 10-18 will create large soapstone carvings, and will make and weave on their own beading looms.

Art and Nature Camp is pleased to announce that the T.C. Murphy Lumber Co. has once again pledged its support of their Scholarship and Family Discount fund. Full and partial scholarships are available, and additional children from a family come at 50 percent of the full fee.

Art and Nature Camp will be held June 29 - July 27, with three separate sessions for children (4-6, 7-12, and 10 and up). Brochures available at the Johnsburg library, TPCC, and shops and community bulletin boards around town.

Contact Kate Hartley at 251-2235, or katehartleyvt@yahoo.com for more information.

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