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Exit22
« on: July 13, 2011 09:52:36 PM »

This is a long term project, but I figured I would share it with Craftsters because it's not a common thing to see on here. This is my father's regalia, Men's Northern Traditional regalia to be exact. We are Anishinaabe (Ojibwe, Chippewa, whatever term you may know).

This is on the clothing board, so the clothing elements that I have sewn include:
Ribbon shirt
Vest
Breechclout
Side Drops




We've also made the Roach (head piece), Fan, Bells, Sheeps (furry feet things), Shield, Choker, Belt, Flute, Staff, Rattle, etc.  Everything is done by hand. This has all taken like 6-8 months, but I haven't even started the beadwork yet, which will take years.

Hope you enjoyed this and learned a little about our culture!

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011 10:10:52 PM »

Love it! I always loved going to the shows just across the border in OK as a kid. Just to see the amazing outfits and how they moved. I was a very visual kiddo. Your dad looks thrilled to wear this. I'm sure he'll be envied.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011 10:36:56 PM »

so cool! it looks incredible Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011 10:46:52 PM »

This is very beautiful and so much work!  The feathers are perfect. I am so impressed that you decided to tackle it.  Thank you for the lovely pictures and very best of luck with all that beading.  Hope to see the pictures of that - in another 6 to 8 months? Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011 10:53:23 PM »

Fantastic stuff!

And your dad is super cute in that last photo. What a fab smile!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011 11:25:54 PM »

Thanks everybody!

This is very beautiful and so much work!  The feathers are perfect. I am so impressed that you decided to tackle it.  Thank you for the lovely pictures and very best of luck with all that beading.  Hope to see the pictures of that - in another 6 to 8 months? Tongue

Thank you! Some of the Feathers are a little wonky, but Bald Eagle feathers are tough to obtain, so we had to work with what we received. I hope the beading gets done within the next year so I can start new regalia for myself!
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011 11:47:37 PM »

What a superb use of crafting!  Heritage is a wonderful thing.  Love that last picture, his joy in infectious!
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011 12:42:02 AM »

Wow, that is so intricate and beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I'm also Chippewa but haven't been back to my reservation since I was about 8.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011 12:56:45 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
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2011 04:24:53 AM »

I love how you combined your crafting skills with the tradition of your ancestors!
And your father wears it with proud. He looks great in it!
I'm looking forward to seeing the beadwork (although I understand how much more time that will take).
Great job!
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