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Roberta Kirk - Wasco Beadwork and Traditional Clothing

Roberta Kirk (Warm Springs) designs and makes traditional Wasco clothing and beadwork. She gathers traditional foods for the Simnasho Longhouse in Warm Springs and has consulted for museums on Native American artifacts.


Roberta Kirk, whose Warm Springs name is H'Klumaiyat, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Kirk, who is Wasco, Warm Springs on her mother's side and Dine' on her father's side, is a traditional food gatherer for the Simnasho Longhouse. Roberta has also worked in a variety of museum positions, including as a specialist for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She continues to do beadwork and to design traditional clothing for men, women, and children. Kirk started sewing and beading as a young girl, and is known for her fine sewing and regalia outfits that friends and family wear for powwows and social dancing.

Awards and Honors

Master Artist, Oregon Folklife Network Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship (2014, 2016)

University of Oregon Museum exhibit, Wasco Floral Dress with Dentaliums (2016)

Honorable Mention, The Museum at Warm Springs, Beaded Ceremonial Hat "In My Granddaughter's Honor" (2014)

Honorable Mention, The Museum at Warm Springs, Beaded Dress "Auuna Waashaa--Let's Go Dance" Dress (2000)

Oregon Folklife Program Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program Master artist, Beaded Plateau out?ts (2001)

Programs Offered

Roberta Kirk will demonstrate and explain how to create traditional Wasco beadwork, used to adorn powwow regalia and other ritual items. Her program will feature a display of her intricate and beautiful handwork.

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Name - Roberta


Roberta Kirk
PO Box 1208
Warm Springs, OR, 97761
(541) 553-3465

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