Charlene Raven Tolley
Charlene Raven Tolley, Bear Clan and Algonquin grandmother from Kitigan Zibi and lives in Maniwaki . She’s been beading for over 20 years. Charlene specializes in beaded dream catchers and jewelry and creates stunning painted
hand drums. Charlene travels extensively on the powwow trail selling her work under the name of Raven’s Nest.
Beading has been an important part of First Nations culture for approximately 8000 years prior to European contact. Beads were made of shell, pearl, bone, teeth, stone, and fossil stems. When Europeans first came to Canada they made
an effort to develop good relations with the First Nations and beads played a significant role in these relationships. The beads that the Europeans gave and/ or traded were large ceramic pony beads, glass beads, chevron bead and tiny seed beads.
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