Lagrone, Juanita "Artist passes on traditions, history." Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). July 17, 2016.
Gloria Tara Lowery teaches a workshop on corn-shuck dolls and corn beading as part of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s American Indian Studies program. She says she is doing more than teaching crafting, but also passing on traditions. These traditions she learned from her mother, and her mother learned them from her mother.
For the dolls, dried pine needles are used. She also makes bowls and baskets with the same technique. In corn beading, necklaces are made from dried and dyed corn. Regular corn is used because it was most-readily available because of people already having it to feed their animals and themselves. These necklaces are worn only on special occasions.
Lowery believes it is important that young people practice both of these techniques. She hopes the workshops will keep alive these American Indian traditions for years to come.
* There are seven color illustrations of the artist and her work included in the article.