Thursday, March 26, 2009

Horse-drawn carriages should make a comeback

I have spoken for a long time on the idea that in order for this country to move forward, we must move backward. We, as a country, are loosing, or are in danger of loosing, that thing that made us a great country. Our work ethic, our industriousness, our love of "doing". Maybe we need to park the car, and saddle up thoses ponies again. "Save our AIr, Ride a Horse!" ...maybe that will be the next eco-friendly solution..

If those ponies and horses were to make a come back on a regular basis, perhaps it would force folks to slow down a bit, take a look around their world, and be grateful for what they have had, instead of looking for a bigger, better way to be lazy about life. It could also give way, again, to working with our hands.

Imagine, the bead work, leather tooling, blanket weaving that would be done again! I can't tell you how hard it is not for me to rampage at some Pow Wows I have attended, seeing the imported from China "junk" on peoples tables, or in stores. It gets sold to tourists who have no idea what they are paying for, and the Native American Craft Act gets thrown out the window. Skills, talents, and trades that made this country what it was, are now beng shipped out to China, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan. American workers are out of work. American hands are idle!!!! Are we lazy? Cheep? Whats happening to all the beautiful work that lays waste in our museums now? Will the future show that this is a missing generation from artistic history? Is there more to come, or will our future exhibits be labeled "Made in China?

Dust off that Rockwell, that Revere pot, and your Gramma Moses, you may never see American products again.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Little History Lesson on Beadwork

This is a photo of a wonderful Elder Apache man Called "Cougar" by some, but I was fortunate enough to call him "Grandfather". He shone with the glitter of silver on Pow Wow days, and in this picture, displayed the new bead work, in an Apache pattern, of his choosing, he requested of me for the opening ceremony on the first Powwow in Charlemont, Mass, in 1999. It was loom work, and I had to build a good one to bear the weight and size of those longer pieces. A dear friend, Lee, made all his silver and turquoise for him, designing it they way any good craftsman would; with skill, and a love of the work.
Most know that seed beads came to the Americas as trade items, and sometimes replaced the traditional Quill work that was beautifully done in many tribes. I believe that the
Blackfoot were among the last to enter into this trade, not being as trusting of the white man, or eager for the "fire water" that they were traded for. If my info is wrong, please let me know by email, I will add your comments.

For more on the silver traditions, and some customs of different Southwest tribes, try this link:

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Beading Links!

I don't normally use plastic beads, but my little sister sent these to me, and I sincerely thank her; I will use them to start teaching my young neighbor!
Links for patterns, Links for software, Links for how-to Techniques

I went through a few other sites, and found a few beading links that I hoped you would like. I have gone to them all and found that thers some good info on pretty much all of them.

Some are artlinks, some beading..If there are ones that you don't feel belongs here, let me know and I will check it out and remove it or move it!

Thanks! Happy Beading!

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