Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pow Wowing in Lincoln, April 21, 2012

While Joba Chamberlain, Winnebago from Lincoln, NE, recuperates from an injured ankle in New York, his father, Harlan Chamberlain attended the University of Nebraska Pow Wow last Saturday.   We were pleased to have Mr. Chamberlain make purchases in our booth. 

Joba is a pitcher for the New York Yankees.  He is the pride of the Winnebago tribe and his late cousin, Lu Armel…my dear friend. 

Joba injured his right ankle while bouncing on a trampoline with his son in March.  Joba resumed working out at the Yankees' minor league complex this week, where he played catch in the outfield with his right knee on a stool.

Joba is quoted as saying that “ the ankle continues to improve and that his throwing arm is 100 percent.
It's a little stiff, but good,"

Harlan Chamberlain is one proud father…and well he should be! 

Patrick and I vended at this Pow Wow.  This was our second year to participate in this event but we look forward to many more.  The Pow Wow is held to honor students graduating from UNL.  They also honored any student present who had graduated from something…..down to pre-school. 

Mr. Chamberlain, it was so good to see you out and about on Saturday.  We look forward to Joba’s full recovery and return to the Yankees.  We also look forward to attending this event again next year!  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers

 Gary Farmer

Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers

Last night, my son, Patrick, many of my friends and I had the pleasure of spending the evening in the company of Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers.  We all gathered on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for this wonderful event. 

You may not immediately recognize this blues group but I am sure you have seen Gary Farmer.  Gary was born in Canada into the Cayuga and Wolf Clan Iroquois. 

He has performed in both television and motion pictures.  His first major role was on the CBC's Spirit Bay. He subsequently played police captain Joe Stonetree on the syndicated TV series Forever Knight, and Chief Tom in the CBC first nations tv series The Rez. He is known for his role as spiritual Native American guide Nobody in Dead Man. Farmer reprised the role for a cameo in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

Gary was the publisher of Aboriginal Voices magazine, one of the Founders of the Aboriginal Voices radio network, and is an avid supporter of native media projects in film, radio, television and the internet.

He has won numerous awards and nominations from many native film festivals, and Canadian film awards.
Farmer has performed in both the film and television adaptations of Tony Hillerman's novels. He played Cowboy Dashee in the 1991 film The Dark Wind, Captain Largo in Coyote Waits (2003) and A Thief of Time (2004).

He was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for his roles in the movies Powwow Highway, Dead Man, and Smoke Signals. Farmer also played the role of Fagin in Twist, the 2003 independent adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic and was Henry Colville, with Kris Kristofferson, in Disappearances.

He also played Deputy Bob in Demon Knight.*

They Get Around!

Who knew that this talented actor was also a mean harmonica player and vocalist?
Gary and his Trouble Makers have been on tour since March performing at Native events.  This performance was almost canceled due to the hospitalization of his lead guitarist.  Thankfully, he was able to locate a talented artist to fill in.  The show must go on!

Several members of our local Native American Grandmother's Group were in attendance.  In retrospect, I wish I had gotten pictures of all of them.  But here is our sister, Myrna Red Owl with Gary.  Myrna is currently undergoing chemo therapy but she doesn't let that slow her down one bit!  You go Myrna!

And here I am with Gary.

Gary informed me that following the event, he and the Trouble Makers were driving all night to Pawnee, Oklahoma for their next appearance.  That's dedication!  It makes me wonder why they are called the Trouble Makers.....I don't think they have too much spare time to make trouble!  

Thank you Gary and your Trouble Makers for making your music ours for an evening.  Thank you to my dear friends and capable organizers, Cindy Krafka and Beth Ritter along with the other faculty members of the UNO Native Studies Program for your making this evening possible.

* Source: Wikipedia