LAS VEGAS, NV – The Friends of the Fort, a non-profit organization that assists the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, will be hosting Native American artists in a 4-part series. The first visiting artist, Shirley Nelson, is from Tuba City, Arizona, the heart of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. Nelson grew up the child of a single mother who supported her young family with simple beadwork earrings and other jewelry. She learned her craft at a very young age and is now a gifted artist, passing the tradition of fine beadwork down to her grandchildren. Her daughter-in-law, Charmayne Nelson, who specializes in beaded bracelets, will also attend. Both artists will appear in traditional clothing and teach participants how to make beaded jewelry and dreamcatchers, and how to say hello, goodbye and thank you in Navajo. Refreshments will be available.

WHAT: Native American Artist Series – Event 1 of 4: Native American Beading

WHEN: Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is located at 500 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV, on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

WHO: The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

COST: Admission is $1 per person, children 12 and under are free.

CONTACT: Park RangerDaniel Wassmund, 702-486-3511,

SAVE THESE DATES: The dates for the next three events in the Native American artist series are July 12, September 6 and November 1.


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