JANUARY 29, 2010


Born on June 18, 1927, in Fort Washakie, Wyoming (WY), on the Wind River Reservation, Eva learned beadwork from her mother, grandmother, and aunt. Using fine seed or cut ceramic beads applied to buckskin, she crafted ceremonial regalia employing either a “lazy” or overlay stitch. Floral patterns & traditional geometric designs shaped most of her work. Awards include: WY Governor’s Award and a National Endowment for The Arts Fellowship (1996). Eva and her husband operated a ranch near the Wind River Mountains. For 5 years, Eva also managed the tribally-owned Warm Valley Arts & Craft Store. Later, she started a small business supplying beads, buckskin, and other natural materials to other artists. Additionally, McAdams was a Federal magistrate for the Law & Order Court System operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, counseled Indian penitentiary inmates, was an election judge for Fremont County, and researcher for projects on traditional foods & medicines. Eva died in Fort Washakie.

Source: “Eva McAdams,” National Endowment for the Arts.  Retrieved 3/9/2021, Eva McAdams | National Endowment for the Arts
Photo:  National Endowment for the Arts, 1996.  Public Domain.  

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