Museum to host class on Native American art

Blount County Memorial Museum will present a class on the art of Native American tribes that once resided in Alabama, particularly those that lived in the area closest to Blount County.

The class will be conducted by Deondra White, a professional artist and amateur genealogist who lives in Blountsville. It will be held on Thursday, July 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum in Oneonta.

Some of the topics to be covered are:

Native American tribes of Alabama, emphasizing those that lived in or near Blount County.

Types of art these tribes are known for.

How the art was made: materials and techniques.

What Native Americans used for paint.

Where the descendants of those people live today.

The class is designed for children and students, but adults are also welcome. Those interested in attending should call Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 to register. There is no charge for the class and materials are furnished, but the number of spaces is limited.

The class will feature a hands-on pottery project for students, and one or two additional projects as well, according to the instructor.

“I grew up in a small Tennessee town,” said White. “I always loved art and learning about the past. I was blessed with family members who nurtured my interests. My family and I moved to Blountsville a year ago, and I have enjoyed getting to know the rich stories and heritage of northern Alabama.”