HIDES & BEADWORK Margo Rosas is an acclaimed Louisiana craftswoman who has spent her days living from the land and extending her Native American artistry to admirers and customers around the world.
Growing up in South Louisiana, Margo learned skills such as gardening, brain tanning and beadwork. She still uses these talents today, astounding many visitors with her ability to produce necessities from what Mother Nature provides on her beloved home place.
Margo has also traveled extensively. She struck out on her own when she was just seventeen, exploring North America from Alaska to Mexico. She has been sent by the State of Louisiana to represent its rich cultural heritage to France and to Philadelphia. Her travels have included a month-long, multi-city tour on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where she was a featured artist for 18 years. A whole advertising campaign was built around Margo's persona when she acted as the spokesperson for the Abita Water Company.
Recently, Margo spent three years among the Lakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. There, she produced and sold her authentic articles to other indigenous people and learned much about the Plains way of life.
Margo has appeared in a feature film and in a documentary. The native lifestyle of Margo Rosas has been the subject of numerous articles in magazines and newspapers. She is available for personal appearances before school and community groups where she teaches about the importance of preserving the traditional ways.
Nearly every weekend she sells her beadwork and natural creations at fairs and festivals such as the Natchitoches Folklife Festival and the Mandeville Community Market.