Jeanine Gaines began beading about three years ago when a friend taught her to make earrings. Her beadwork began as a hobby, but in those three years Jeanine has learned that beading is much more than a hobby or art.

“After my friend taught me to make the earrings my mother-in-law, who is Cheyenne-Arapaho, gave me some beads and taught be some technique as well,” said Gaines. “From there I learned some more technique from a book and even entered and won some contests.”

Currently Jeanine makes earrings, necklaces, brooches, hair clips, and moccasins.
“I was always interested in native crafting, because I felt it connected me to our culture since I live so far away,” said Gaines. “Before I started beading, I learned how to make California Indian style necklaces at the State Indian Museum. After that I learned how to make moccasins at the Sacramento Native American Playgroup. Next I learned how to make dream catchers at the Sacramento Native American Health Center.  Anytime there was a class or a chance to learn, I was there!”

There are several opportunities to learn beading, regalia making, pencil drawing and language at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center. To view the calendar, please visit To learn about cultural opportunities in your area visit your local museums and libraries.

You can find Jeanine’s work at