American Indian Traditional Jewelry Workshop


JAMESBURG – Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in association with Inter Tribal American Indians of New Jersey, will present traditional American Indian educator and performer Tchin on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 – 3 p.m. at The Lodge in Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg/Monroe.

Tchin will present a workshop on American Indian traditional jewelry including Northern Plains, Eastern Woodlands, and Southwestern style jewelry. Using a slide presentation, he will discuss the role and importance of jewelry in American Indian cultures, the materials and designs used, their origins and significance.


Tchin (pronounced ‘chin) is a nationally recognized, award winning and multitalented Blackfeet/Narragansett artist. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived in rural Virginia and Rhode Island where he received his early schooling. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He is an accomplished metalsmith, author, flutemaker, educator, lecturer, folklorist, musician and clothes maker.

Inter Tribal American Indians of New Jersey was founded in 1982 to meet the needs of American Indians from North and South America who are now living in New Jersey. Members represent nations including Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, Cherokee, Delaware, Apache, Lakota and Hopi.

For more information and to register for this free program, call 1-732-745-4489.

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