This perfect week-end started off last Saturday when my son, Patrick, and I drove to Winnebago, Nebraska to attend the 142nd Annual Winnebago Pow Wow. Usually when we attend a Pow Wow, it is after hours of work loading our wares to vend at the event. It was so nice to grab my purse and hop in the car with Patrick to drive.
Winnebago is about 1 1/2 hours from Omaha. Upon arrival, I spotted a vendor named Beading Deals from Minnesota. They sell seed beads and are usually at the Creighton Pow Wow in Omaha each April. They were not here this past April. So, of course, I had to load up on several hanks of their wonderful beads without a clue as to what I will make from them. But I know that some day they will speak to me and it is a long time until next April when I hope to see this trader again.
Give-away Honoring Veterans
In mid-afternoon a give-away was held. This was a gifting of Native American Blankets for the Veterans of Viet Nam followed by all other Veterans and Active Duty Personnel. It was truly moving. In the Indian tradition, each of these men and woman were gifted by the tribe as a way of thanking them for their past and/or present service. After the blankets were distributed one by one, the people attending the Pow Wow, passed through the receiving line to shake hands as a way of honoring and thanking each one for their service and sacrifice.
After the give-away, Patrick and I indulged ourselves with a traditional Indian Taco and fresh squeezed lemonade. They were yummy! In fact, the lemonade was so refreshing that I had to have a second one to enjoy on the road back home.
But wait, I must confess to a bit of personal indulgence....I purchased a sterling silver concho and black leather bracelet for myself. The day was so perfect that I justified the purchase as a tangible memoir of the day's events. It will remind me that for one afternoon in a troubled world, we enjoyed peace and celebration.
Now if you haven't had enough about this Pow Wow, you can see additional photos on my Flickr, pages 1 and 2 at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstinson/
When I returned home, I discovered that my day of native celebration was not over. Adina Cain, one of my Native friends from Etsy had done a treasury and included one of my beaded barrettes. You can see it in the top left corner. I was honored! What a way to top of a perfect day!
Digital NDN was the name of her treasury. NDN...get it? (Indian). Adina's Etsy store is named Leelinau. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Her reservation is located 6 hours north of Milwaukee on the densely wooded shores of Lake Superior.
Adina makes wonderful medicine bags, beaded jewelry, feather pieces and dream catchers. You can see her work at: http://www.leelinau.etsy.com/ You will be glad you visited.
This is the piece that made my 50th Etsy sale. I joined Etsy as a buyer in January of 2007 but did not begin listing items for sale until late January, 2008. While 50 sales in this time frame of six months may not seem like many to some, there is so much jewelry for sale on Etsy that it is a miracle to me!
This piece is on its way to "dumauvobleu" in France. Catherine is the owner of an Etsy store named dumauvobleu or La Boutique de Cathy. She is an outstanding clay artist. I recently purchased two of her wonderful pendants. We are presently in communication for her to make two cabachons for me in designs similar to the pendants I purchased. I plan to do a series called "Viva La Native" melding her work with mine.
If you would like to see wonderful cane/clay work, please visit her store at: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5518984
Merci, Cathy for my 50th sale!
So a Perfect Week-end comes to an end and if only all were at Peace with the world!