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Subject Beads
Title History of the Trade Beads of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Speaker Steve McCracken
Contact Information
2010 Saint Johns
Billings, MT 59102
(406) 655-3115 (w)
(406) 656-8240 (h)
(406) 655-3153 (fax)
Scheduling Call or fax requests four weeks in advance.
Fees Charges $120 per day (depending on length of presentation). Travel expenses for locations over 50 miles from Billings will include 25 cents per mile and lodging.
Type Available for public presentations and technical consultations.
Description History of old trade beads and history of the beads on the Lewis & Clark inventory that were used for gifts to the Native Americans. I have beads from that time period and will bring my personal collection of old beads and related items for the presentation. My presentation will be a detailed study of how and where they were made and how they were brought to America. I will also discuss the history of Arikara Indians with artifacts that were found at the Montana/North Dakota border, including bone and shell beads as well as beads from the Bison Robe Trade at Fort Union. Included in my presentation will be stories and folklore about the Lewis & Clark journey. I dress in mountain man clothing similar to what was worn in that time period.
Credentials My cousin, Hugh McCracken, visited Lewis & Clark at the Mandan Village around November 1, 1804. I have done several classes for the public, including the library, the staff of the Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman), and School District #2.


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