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Mercedes Tuma-Hansen

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mercedes Tuma-Hansen

Mercedes is a history educator in the Minneapolis area where she teaches American Indian and environmental programs at schools, parks, museums and as a public speaker. Learning to teach as a tour guide at the Minnesota Historical Society, Mercedes won a national award for developing a museum education program there. By teaching historic skills like making birch bark baskets, net making, processing wild nuts, and making traditional art with a modern twist, Mercedes continues to pursue her passion for connecting the past to its relevance in our modern lives.

Current Courses Offered by Mercedes Tuma-Hansen

2 days
Teaser image for Fishing Nets: Make and Mend

Fishing Nets: Make and Mend

The North Shore once boasted a commercial fisherman for every mile of shoreline. But the work didn’t end when the boats returned with their catch; fishermen also had to tie and repair their own nets. Get "caught up" in one of the elemental crafts of the area by learning the…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Nov 15th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
1½ Days
Teaser image for Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen

Past Courses Offered by Mercedes Tuma-Hansen

Get the Hang of it! Make Your Own Hammock

Twig & Net Hanging Basket