Preserving Culture: Native American Student Alliance Hosts Beading Workshop

On Nov 1, Pam Alec, Accounting Clerk at the bursar, hosted a workshop on the indigenous practice of beadings. She was invited b the Native American Student Alliance (NASA). NASA sponsors periodically programming for students and the community. 

NASA is the college organization representing and serving as an advocate for the Native American students at TCC. Specifically, NASA seeks to create an inclusive environment where indigenous students can come together and celebrate their culture, according to the description of the college’s website. A couple of the programs sponsored annually are a powwow, arts and crafts events, and mindfulness practices such as yoga. 

NASA meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Room 214 of the Metro Campus Student Union. The group welcomes all students and faculty members. For more information visit TCC Native American Student Alliance on Facebook. 

Native American Student Alliance faculty advisor, Dr. Wesley Mosier and Shelly Barton, a second-year pre-nursing student and Vice-President of NASA, are the leadership that keeps the organization focused on serving the needs of its members and sharing its information with the college community. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
New NASA member Chanceson Standlee is greeted by Dr. Wes Mosier, faculty advisers to NASA. In the center is NASA’s VP, Shelby Barton. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Amber Chase, another adviser for NASA, is helping to distribute glass beads for the beading activity. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Heather Green (l), secretary for NASA, and member Travis Greene are watching the process of beading with the use of a large needle. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Pam Alec, Accounting Clerk Bursar, displays a graduation hat she made by beading. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Eric Rivas celebrates successfully threading his needle. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Pam Alec, Accounting Clerk Bursar, (c), gives an example of the art of beading. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
NASA reporter, Stuart Watson, is one of the first to successfully thread the needle. (Photo credit: Ronnie Jo Waite-Schumacher)
Eric Rivas (r) boasts about his beaded work as Sam Regan (l) continues to make his beading project. (Photo by Stuart Watson)
Pam Alec (kneeling, second from left), Accounting Clerk Bursar, displaying her finished beading item, poses with members of the Native American Student Alliance. (Photo provided by NASA)
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