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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 27, 2011 04:30:22 PM
It's actually porcupine quillwork, not carving. I wish I could carve, I've never tried.

Oh my Gosh! You quill too?

I'm just learning! It's pretty fun, easier than beading once you know what you are doing.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 27, 2011 02:55:23 PM
WOW is right!

It is so amazing to see a real traditional regalia anymore. So many young dancers are coming up with bright, bold, and neon variations that it is rare to see something so traditional anymore. Don't get me wrong. It's awesome to see a grass dancer with neon yellow and green yarn but it's not like what I remember as a kid at small rez pow-wows. This regalia is. And it makes me so happy and nostalgic to see it!

As Lakota (Sioux) myself, I am so incredibly happy to see someone post this! It inspires me to post pieces of my own regalia (once they're all finished being quilled) and share our bit of history.

Mitakuye Oyasin, Wakan Tanka kici un.

I would love to see more regalia on Craftster!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 27, 2011 02:54:46 PM
Such great work. The shells at the top of the breast plate, did you do the carving in those? I envy those who can carve.

My husband had regalia similar to your dad's, but has lost most of it due to a couple of bad moves and a flood.  Undecided



It's actually porcupine quillwork, not carving. I wish I could carve, I've never tried.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 27, 2011 02:52:53 PM
Very nice - your dad looks so happy, as well he should be.  Keep up the amazing work! (and keep sharing)

Nice shout out to Yazzie, too - a true artist, athlete, showman and educator. 

Isn't he? I love watching him dance. Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 27, 2011 02:52:04 PM
HOWAH... GOOD JOB! WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I SEE A MN PLAQUE IN ONE OF YOUR PICS FROM YOUR POSTS.  MILLE LACS?  Fond du Lac?  I AM FROM DANBURY/WEBSTER.  MY STEPDAD IS A MILLE LACS BAND MEMBER... nice to see some regalia on here!!! and that you got into the main pics of this rocks!!!  megwich for sharing this... I m not a "shinob, but I grew up with all of em! lol 

Gaawaababiganikaag indoonjibaa; Gakaabiikaang indaa.

Hahahaha, We are from White Earth, but live in Minneapolis.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 16, 2011 09:33:14 PM
Wow, this looks so good! Totally second everyone's request to see every part in more detail! Also, I must say that my kids were mightily impressed. Here in Germany, kids grow up with Indians as their heroes! Grin

I graduated with my degree in American Indian Studies, and we talk frequently about the German Indianers. Their detail is amazing, such a high degree of interest really freaks out some American Indians! Hahaha.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 16, 2011 09:31:02 PM
You do beautiful work.  I have been taking my children and now my grand children to the Pow Wows we have in our area - the Potawatame (I hope I spelled that right ) tribes are from our area but draw MANY different tribes.  It is important for all of us to embrace the richness of the varied cultures we have living in our midst.  We are a Blessed country. Thank you to the Native Americans.

(Potawatami)  Wink

Thank you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 16, 2011 09:30:03 PM
Wow, very lovely regalia! Looks really intricate and well done. Love's 1/2 Blackfeet and a couple years ago we went to a Pow Wow (here in Tampa Bay, not Montana!) and I really enjoyed the diversity of Nations and regalia represented. (Though I had to admit, I have mixed feelings on the neon/cd's-as-decoration fancy dance regalia some had! *chuckles*)

But your dad looks great! Wonderful job!

I LOVE the crazy neon regalia! Hahaha, Men's & Women's Fancy are my favorite categories because those dancers work their butts off! The colors are garish, but the regalia still tells an important story. And the non-tradish stuff is what really gets young people into the pow-wow scene.

Plus, fancy dancers are usually HOT!

(for the non-natives here) This is Larry Yazzie, he's a pretty famous dancer.
http://www.mnartists.org/uploads/news/bbb00d780f001ab5687290eb82c81db7/bbb00d780f001ab5687290eb82c81db7.jpg
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 14, 2011 04:15:55 PM
Simply stunning! Such beautiful work and I also can't wait to see the bead work. Maybe you could give some progress pictures!

You should be really proud of yourself for continuting your family and culture's traditions. As time goes by so much of this type of work doesn't get passed down because the youth doesn't have the interest. I am one of those "youth"- now older. When my family elders were trying to get us kids involved in certain things, we had little interest. Fills me with sadness and regret. I am so happy that you are keeping traditions and art alive in your faimly!

Beautiful work!

It's never to late to start! My dad didn't learn any "native skills" while growing up, but has started beading and doing quillwork within the past few years.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pow-WOW Time!! on: July 14, 2011 11:03:19 AM
Absolutely beautiful. So many lovely feathers. I would loooove to see in progress photos of the beading if you get around to it Smiley

I would actually love to see some close-up shots of the pieces if you ever have time! They look awesome as a group but I bet detail shots would really convey all the work involved! 

Also, could you please bear with my ignorance here.... I don't think I actually know what the long white "beads" on the breastplate are. I have an idea but I don't know if I'm right or not!  Actually, come to think of it I bet I don't know what any of the items are actually made from!  Embarrassed  Any info you could give on what things are made of would be awesome! Smiley

Everything looks wonderful! 

He just left to go dance for the weekend, but I will post some detail shots on Monday when he comes back. The breastplate is made of bone beads, deer bones to be specific. There are also some brass beads in there. It's decorated with abalone shells, deer hide thongs and porcupine-quill medicine wheels.

The Roach (head piece) is made of white-tailed deer hair, porcupine hair and yarn, hand tied in tiny bunches that are about 1/2 cm wide.
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