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
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…
Twig & Net Hanging Basket
A hanging basket is an attractive way to create more space in the home by storing things up off of table tops and shelves. In this class we will use colorful twig stems from easy to harvest brush to make a hoop for the basket, braid a decorative hanging handle,…