Sunday, February 27, 2005

IDAHO ALERT: 2 Horses stolen from Pulaski, TN Barn

Pass this on to your horse friends....



-----Original Message-----
From: Equine Protection Network, Inc []
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [EquineProtectionNetwork] IDAHO ALERT: 2 Horses stolen from
Pulaski, TN Barn

IDAHO ALERT: 2 Horses stolen from Pulaski, TN Barn

$3000 REWARD*

JJ - 5 year old Spotted Saddle Horse gelding with scar on left
shoulder.  Bonded with 15 year old who is now inconsolable.  Owner
Jim and Barbara Ball  More info and flyer below.

Little Man - 6 year old Spotted Walking Horse gelding stolen with JJ
from barn.  Owner: Susan Parker  More info and flyer below.

Contact: Jim Ball email: BBALL610@AOL.COM

Horse were reported stolen to the Giles County Sheriff Department and
Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  A flyer is available online. 
Please print one and post in your area.  Pass this alert to your
friends and ask them to do the same and let the family know you are
here for them.  That means so much to a victim.

Please partner with SHI by placing a prominent link on your website
to SHI so victims of horse theft know where to turn to immediately if
their horse is stolen.  Placement of a link can be considered a
public service announce and donation to a non profit organization.


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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Artist: D. Lee







  • Oil
  • Pastel
  • Bronze


  • Member of the Society of Animal Artists
  • 2003 award winner Phippen Museum Fine Art Show
  • Award winner Draft Horse Classic Art Show
  • 2004 Scottsdale Best and Brightest Show.
  • 2004 Western States Horse Expo

Diana lived most of her life in Idaho, but now resides in the mountains of Arizona.   A long time professional horse trainer and competitor, she began painting horses in 1991 (after doodling them in her school notebooks for years.)  Her knowledge and love of the horse is evident in her work. 

Wildlife and western art are also favorite subjects, but she doesn't limit herself to a certain genre.  She frequently switches from oils to pastels, and has recently been playing with some watercolor (thanks Jessie!).  Figure work (the human form) is becoming more  prevalent  in her work.

Her style is on the 'loose' side..... "I don't try to reproduce a photograph, this is a painting, a piece of art.  From across the room, I want it to look incredibly real, with depth.  When you examine it closely, I want you to see brushwork and different tiles of color.  This is not easy to accomplish, and I am continually striving to capture that in my work."

She has been privileged to study with “incredible artists” such as Jim Norton, Gary Carter , Dave Wade and Dan Mieduch.   But the “career altering” week she spent studying with Morgan Weistling remains a high point. 

“He totally changed the way I approached my paintings.  I am honored to have spent a week with such an intense painter, and also that he still gives me advice today.”

Friday, February 25, 2005


The old Cherokee chief sat in his reservation hut, smoking the
ceremonial pipe, eyeing the two US government officials sent to
interview him.  "Chief Two Eagles," one official began, "you have
observed the white man  for many generations, you have seen his wars
and his products, you have seen all his progress, and all his

The chief nodded. The official continued, "Considering recent events,
in your opinion, where has the white man gone wrong?"  The chief
stared at the government officials for over a minute, and then calmly

"When white man found the land, Indians were running it.  We had no
taxes, no  debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, women did the work,
medicine man free, Indian men hunted and fished all the time..."  

The chief smiled, and added quietly, "White man dumb enough to think
he could improve system like that."  

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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KERMAN, Iran (Feb. 22) - A powerful earthquake

Updated: 07:32 AM EST Powerful Earthquake Hits Iran At Least 270 Killed, Death Toll Rising By NASSER KARIMI, AP


KERMAN, Iran (Feb. 22) - A powerful earthquake toppled mud-built homes and flattened villages in central Iran on Tuesday, killing at least 270 people and injuring 950, officials and state-run television said. A senior official said the death toll could top 350.

Video image shows devastation in a village near Zarand, Iran. (AP/IRINN TV)

TV footage showed residents frantically digging through piles of debris looking for loved ones following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which struck at 5:55 a.m. While homes made of mud collapsed, buildings of cement appeared not to sustain heavy damage.

Survivors pleaded for help finding the buried: ''What a catastrophe. Please help us,'' one said. Rain was hampering rescue efforts.

The quake's epicenter was on the outskirts of Zarand, a town of about 15,000 people located 35 miles northwest of Kerman, the capital of Kerman province, said the seismological unit of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute. The mountainous area is in the same province but northwest of Bam, where a quake killed 26,000 people in 2003.

''All hospitals in Zarand are filled to capacity with the injured. Hospitals in the town cannot receive any more of the injured,'' the broadcast said.

Sarbagh, a village near Zarand, was one of the villages affected by the quake. Close to 80 percent of its buildings were destroyed by the quake.

Kerman provincial governor Mohammad Ali Karimi was quoted as saying that ''several villages have been destroyed'' by the earthquake.

''The death toll has reached 270,'' Kerman provincial governor Mohammad Ali Karimi was quoted by the television as saying. Karimi also revised downward from more than 1,000 the number of injured, saying without explanation the figure was more than 950.

Mostafa Soltani, a spokesman at Kerman Governor General Office, said officials expect the final death toll to surpass 350.

''It's difficult to make a prediction but it's possible that the final death toll may reach 350 at the end,'' Soltani told The Associated Press on the phone from Kerman.

Soltani said the experience of the more powerful earthquake in 2003 in the nearby region helped local authorities cope with the latest quake.

''The earthquake in 2003 gave us a very good experience of how to deal with such a natural disaster. Despite the rain, relief operations are going smoothly. Relief teams have reached the villages and are helping the survivors,'' he said.

The television quoted the governor of Zarand, identified only as Rashidi, as saying that power in the region has been disrupted. He said medical and other supplies were needed, especially medicine, syringes and tents.

Zarand, 600 miles southeast of the capital Tehran, is a small town in Kerman Province with a population of about 15,000 people.

Live pictures on Iranian television showed ambulances carrying the dead and injured and survivors sitting next to the dead slapping their faces and striking their head in grief.

Soltani said Tuesday's quake definitely is not a replay of the devastating 2003 earthquake because the epicenter of the quake is remote villages with few population. Pictures also included many mud-built houses not damaged in some of the villages near the quake epicenter.

That magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in the same region, killing 26,000 people. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one slight earthquake everyday on average.

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Monday, February 14, 2005

I am writing from the refugee camp In SE Asia

Over Head View of Areas  there
Starting a site to collect all info it is called 'A Tsunami Journey'


Heard from RJ, he asked me to convey some things.

But rather than trying to tell you what he said I'll
just forward his email
> I am writing from the refugee camp at a little place
> called Nueng Chawe,
> thats near a former town called Lamkawe Daknah
> (which doesn't really
> exist anymore
> thanks to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami -
> town was totally
> wiped off the map),
> which is in the far western Aceh province in
> Indonesia.
> We got the benefit today (feb. 14 here but still the
> 13th there) of
> being able to use CNN's
> wireless remote unit to uplink to the internet for a
> few minutes each
> to check in back home
> for Valentines Day. That was cool of CNN's crews and
> producer to let us
> do this,... good ol' CNN!
> Contrast that to Fox, CBS and ABC's remote crews who
> denied us access
> to their units,... Fox's crew
> even told us to go find a pay phone, the assholes!
> Anyway, we had to
> ask to use others units because the UNHCR/IFRC
> (which is sharing) units we were going tom use is
> down now for some
> reason, there is no power or phones here,
> everything was destroyed. The regional IFRC
> coordinator is letting us
> use his laptop to send emails, which is cool of her.
> There are 12 of us here and we only get about 30
> minutes each to use
> the net, so this
> will have to be relatively short. So, I am just
> checking a few emails
> and only responding
> or sending a select few to save time,... am asking
> everyone to forward
> or relay my thoughts etc. on to others
> where appropriate or possible. For some reason I
> can't access my main
> ISP email web account from here
> Brief update news from here. Don't have time to give
> many details, but
> one of the guys, a photo-journalist named Peter
> who works for the IFRC here has a digital camera and
> has taken a bunch
> of pics we can upload, so I am sending some of
> those,
> those should pretty much tell the tale without me
> having to say too
> much.
> I will just say, it is bad, very bad, totally
> heartbreaking and beyond
> belief or anything I could even imagine. And you
> know
> I have been to and been in some bad disaster areas
> and war zones, have
> seen some terrible things around this world before,
> but nothing, I mean nothing, at all like this!
> Everything is totally
> wiped out and so many here are just in terrible
> condition,
> especially the kids, so many orphans and homeless,
> this camp has over
> 25,000 alone and this is just one of dozens such
> camps.
> Remember when we went to the Dantanuh slums in 93?
> Imagine the despair
> and fetid conditions we saw there and magnify that
> by
> about 500/1000/10,000 times or more!! Ican hardly
> stand it. I am in
> tears nearly constantly all day and every day seeing
> and dealing with
> it all.
> Even after all this time, with me getting over here
> so late, with os
> much already done and cleaned up, it's unreal how
> much is still a
> wasteland
> here. We are still finding bodies everyday and
> they're burying more in
> mass graves, it's just beyond belief. And the smell
> brother, oh man,
> it's horrible
> here, smell of decay and sewage and rot and death is
> just everywhere we
> go, can't escape it anywhere. The only relief from
> that is in
> the early evenings when the winds shift and blow in
> from the ocean for
> a few hours at night. But by mornings it's calm
> again and the
> stench is back and overwhelming. I have lost count
> of how many times I
> have thrown up already, seems like dozens of times.
> I just can't
> get used to it, it's horrible.  Plus it's so hot and
> steamy here, rains
> almost everyday and the rains just make the smells
> even worse.
> Mosquitos everywhere too and you know how I hate
> those! We have to
> sleep under netting treated with insecticides every
> night
> and we have ben giving out literally thousands of
> those things to the
> refugees too.
> But, well, hell, dude, I am not the one suffering,
> when I see these
> kids and these people in such misery, I can only cry
> for them, not
> myself,
> you know what I'm saying.  They are going to be
> trying to recover and
> rebuild here for years to come, such is the amount
> of devastation.
> if I could do it I could literally be here trying to
> help for the next
> five years or more easily and without question! It's
> just unbelievable,
> I can't even
> find words to describe it it is so bad,... and you
> know me and words,
> so you know it's bad! You will get a slight idea
> from the pictures I am
> including,
> but they don't even begin to touch the reality
> either!
> Any how, myself I am doing OK considering. My cast
> is coming off in a
> couple of days. Went to a Doctors Without Borders
> camp a couple of days
>ago because they have a portable x-ray machine unit.
> A doctor there
> took some x-rays of the ankle and all looks good.
> But I am feeling a
> bit weak,
> been having a lot of night sweats and fever when
> trying to sleep, think
> I am having a recurrence bout with the old malaria
> coming back. But
> it's not too bad this time, not as bad as past
> recurrences, I'll be ok
> I am sure, haven't told anyone here about it cause
> they might try to
> send me
> home too soon if they knew. Just trying to drink as
> much water and take
> my vitamins as much as possible, so no worries.
> Because of the ankle,
> and
> also since I am logistical unit cooridinator, I
> haven't had to be doing
> much physical hard work with this deployment, but I
> have to watch
> others doing it.
> Probably after my cast is off, and I get stronger,
> will be doing more
> of the physical stuff too I am sure. I hope so, so
> much needs doing,
> but, well,
> lots of local volunteers here doing most of it and
> they are just great,
> work with no complaints or bitching at all. So I am
> good.
> Actually I am more worried about Brandon. He is in a
> hospital in
> Jakarta
, they had to fly him in there about 4 days
> ago. I haven't had
> an update
> but they think he contracted cholera from some bad
> water he may have
> drank. He was working in another refugees camp with
> about 25 miles further up the coast from here that
> had someone break
> into their storage containers that are holding their
> bottled water
> supplies.
> Seems they switched some bad water bottles with good
> water bottles
> trying to hide their theft. A bunch of people from
> over there have come
> down pretty sick in the last week, specifically
> about 13 of the relief
> UNICEF workers. The govt. soldiers said it was some
> rebels, but a
> couple of
> local villagers who claimed to be witnesses said it
> was actually some
> soldiers who broke into the containers and stole the
> good water. So who
> knows really,... I do know there is rampant
> corruption around here,
> can't really trust anyone, especially notthe
> Indonesian army guys,
> they are pretty bad.
> Speaking of which, this region is having a bunch of
> fighting going on
> between the army and the rebels. There was a
> firefight of some sort
> last night in fact just about a mile from our camp,
> we could hear it
> going on for about 4 hours last night, none of us
> slept at all.
> Everywhere
> we go and all around us are govt. troops escorting
> us and watching
> every move we make. We are not allowed to give aide
> to suspected
> rebels or their families or sympathizers either, not
> even the kids. It
> totally sucks. Two IFRC people were arrested and
> hauled away 2 days ago
> by troops, accused of giving water and medicine to
> supposed kids of
> known rebels,... what a bunch of shit. I heard this
> morning they
> were released though, so that is good.  But who
> knows how they were
> treated when in custody? The Indonesian army is not
> known for it's
> compassionate and humane treatment of prisoners. We
> have all been
> briefed and warned to not cross them or do anything
> that might get us
> at odds with them. But with so much media around
> right now, they are
> being pretty cool for now I guess.
> had a cool day yesterday, got to play with some of
> the kids at the camp
> for a while, played a flute for them and sang some
> songs, then
> hung out with a couple of dozen kids doing some
> finger paintings on
> rice paper someone brought in. That was pretty cool,
> a brief respite
> from their daily anxiety and fears. Mine too for
> that matter. It was
> good to see some of them laughing and singing and
> playing. CARE USA
> and UNICEF have some temporary schools in tents set
> up for the older
> kids too, so thats good also, is helping them at
> least keep their minds
> occupied and off their situation a little bit. It is
> amazing how
> resilient the kids are in spite of everything.
> Unfortunately the adult
> refugees
> and survivors aren't faring as well though, most
> simply can't get over
> their losses so well, which is understandable if you
> could see
> what they are having to deal with here and how they
> have to live and
> anguish dealt. Nearly every adult in this camp has
> lost children and
> family
> and their homes and villages, everything gone. I
> can't even imagine
> what that must be like, but I see it in their faces
> and it tears me
> apart
> everyday. Man I hope the world doesn't soon forget
> and turn away, these
> people need so much help, so much more than what we
> are doing even now. It's overwhelming.
> Anyway, bro,... need to be heading out soon, just
> wanted to give you an
> update you can pass along to others when you get a
> chance
> or have time. Main thing is just let everyone know I
> am ok,... you know
> the usual list. Also, if you can can you let some of
> our main pro
> groups
> know what's up? I know you probably don't have much
> time before hitting
> the road again, but if you get a chance I would
> appreciate it.
> If you can, especially also let the folks at our
> natives arts group
> (especially my friend Ann) and the regulars there
> know what's up, I
> cant access the site
> from here for some reason.
> A'ho & Nitze!
> RJ:)
I added this part..It is where they took RJ's son....Ann
Indonesian Red Cross Sends Relief Aid to Aceh

Jakarta - The Jakarta office of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) send another relief aid to the tsunami-stricken province of Nangroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) on Thursday, said PMI-Jakarta spokesperson Sri Chairijatunurfadjriah. "We are sending volunteers and other relief aid to Lhokseumawe who will depart aboard of a PT Pelni (state-owned shipping company) ship this evening," she said on Thursday.

PMI-Jakarta was sending 20 volunteers (two docters), 6 units of mobile public kitchens, two trucks of clothes, medicine, mineral water and food. Sri said that the volunteers were expected to arrive at Lhokseumawe on Sunday.

PMI-Jakarta has sent shroud clothing, blankets, biscuit and other food stuff to the tsunami affected areas in Aceh on Tuesday.

Antara 30-12-04

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Pungent, Bad Smell Polluting Air in Banda Aceh  Banda Aceh - Pungent and bad smell produced by decomposing dead bodies has begun to pollute the air in Banda Aceh which was devastated by last Sunday's earthquake and tsunami.  An Antara journalist in Banda Aceh on Thursday reported that hundreds of decomposing dead bodies were lying about in such parts of the city as  Taman Sari, Jembatan Panayung, Jembatan Empang Surabaya and Merduasri. So far, no efforts have been made by rescue teams and humanitarian workers to evacuate and bury the victims' remains because they lacked the needed  equipment. In the meantime, disaster survivors staying in refugee camps in  forested and hilly areas around Banda Aceh were reported  having difficulty in procuring food  One area accommodating many refugees is located in Gugagah village, about three kilometers from Banda Aceh. In addition to difficulty in procuring food, the refugees were also facing a shortage of clean water.    If the refugees' food problem is not solved soon, thousands of them staying in tents across Aceh will be threatened by starvation.  Humanitarian assistance for disaster survivors is coming in  trickles.    Although a large number of local and international aid groups have already arrived in Banda Aceh, the absence of trucks and an insufficient fuel supply to transport the goods and volunteers were  apparently the reason that aid cannot reach the scattered refugee camps speedily.  Survivors of the tsunami in Banda Aceh have even begun to   scavenge for food. "I don't know how to get relief aid. Rice is nowhere to be found," one of the refugees, Yanti, said in despearation.  As fuel and food had become increasingly scarce, people had to wait in long lines at gas stations and shops to buy the necessaries  at abnormally inflated prices. Incidents of looting by hungry and homeless people have begun to occur.  In the meantime, many road networks linking Banda Aceh to Aceh Jaya, Aceh Besar, Meulaboh in West Aceh had been cut off  by the damage done to the roads. About 80 percent of the road networks linking cities  with some districts had disappeared as they were covered by thick mud and sea sand.   A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 8,9 on the Richter Scale jolted the provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra last Sunday. The quake also triggered monstrous tsunamis which have killed over 45,000 people, caused  hundreds of others to go missing and devastated many districts in the province.  Antara 31-12-04

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Sunday, February 13, 2005

No joke... Vote for the "Greatest American"

  Subj: [nativeartsculture] No joke... Vote for the "Greatest American" on AO___l.... With Discovery channel... Date: 2/13/05 12:09:06 AM Central Standard Time From: (G.H. Lang)


"When you think of the Greatest American, what single person - living or dead - comes to mind as its best example? Someone who seized opportunities, saw things in a different way, or stood out in a crowd? Someone who demonstrated determiniation, vision, and hard work? This person could be an inventor, explorer, entertainer, entrepreneur, or athlete. He or she may have changed the way we think, work, or live. They may have challenged us, delighted us, or outtraged us, and ultimately helped us define what it means to be an American… Who do YOU most identify as THE GREATEST AMERICAN?"

NOW… how about my grandfathers, grandmothers, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles…

This is going to 8 lists or so I belong to, with probably a combined membership of over a couple thousand separate individuals…. Who know a few dozen thousand more folks…

Can we flood this place and control who gets Number 1?????

I was thinking along the lines of Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Iron Eyes Cody, Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Chief Dan George….. You get the idea… :)

There are so many ….

Perhaps this will open doors to the blind eyes and deaf ears….

I await the flood of suggestions…. Perhaps the Moderators/owners could do a poll or something????

Anyway.. Not sure of the deadline on this…

Peace and Fair Journeys….


“The wolf, now an endangered species, has become a symbol of all that is right and in harmony with nature. It is modern man who in his ignorance has been wrong and out of step with nature. Not the wolf.”

Michael W. Fox, The Wolf (1989 )

"Didn't the farmers around Gorkiy tell you that it is the wolf you do not see that you must fear? -Marko Alexandrovich Ramius"

"If you talk to the animals, they will know you and you will know each other... If you do not talk to them you will not know them... What you do not know you fear. What one fears they DESTROY...

To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see into your own soul-hope you like what you see. -Aldo Leopold
"...for the strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack..." Rudyard Kipling

"If you don't want the truth, dont ask.. go make up your own like everyone else" Eddie Wilson

"A lot of things will catch your eye, but only a few will catch you heart...pursue them, for they may not be around to pursue very long"

"Work like you don't need the money, Love like you've never been hurt, Dance like you do when nobody's watching."

"there are 3 kinds of men. Those who listen, those who learn by observation... and those that just have to pee on the electric fence and find out themselves. "

"What we do in this life, will echo in eternity" - General Maximus Decimus Meridus

Wisdom shows me I'm Nothing, Love shows me I'm Everything,
and between the two my life flows. Nisargadatta

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Pow Wow Terminology

      Introduction* What's New* Etiquette* Arena and Staff* Terminology*
      Drum and Song* Dance Styles* Resource* Starting Out* Crafts

      Below is a list and description of several items, words, and terms that are unique to pow wows. Many contain pictures and sound files, so feel free to explore any listing further by clicking on the provided link.

      pow A-F| G-M| N-R| S-Z
      Bandoliers are long strings of bone hairpipe and beads that are worn on the body from the shoulder across the chest to the opposite hip. Most dancers (straight and traditional) may wear one or two. There are many different styles of bandoliers available, and materials can vary slightly, such as having mescal beans or rifle casings instead of bone hairpipe.
      Beadwork is the art of putting beads on practically anything, and is an age old tradition that began with wampum beads made from conch shells before the arrival of Columbus. When traders arrived in the Americas, they brought with them beautiful glass bead s from France, Italy, and Bohemia (Czech Republic) to trade with the natives. Native Americans learned how to apply these very small beads to their possessions, and this task has evolved into an artform. For more information regarding beadwork, see t he different types: Lazy Stitch,Applique, loom stitch,and Peyote stitch . Breastplate
      The breastplate is an assortment of thin hollowed out bones that are strung together in rows and hung from the neck for protection. Originally they were shorter but today they often reach a dancer's waist or knees. Over time they have become more decorati on than anything else. Today breastplates are part of several dance styles. </FONT size="+1">Buckskin Dance Bustle
      Traditional Bustles---Fancy Bustles
      Bustles are arrangements of feathers that are worn on the body. Originally, bustles were worn by only a few honored dancers, but as time progressed, they became part of the Traditional and Fancy Dance Outfits. Fancy dancers can use turkey, hawk, and eag le feathers to make the twin bustles they wear. If they are making their bustles in the "Oklahoma" style, multi-colored hackle feathers are attached to the main feathers to produce the rows of colors. Traditionals almost always use eagle feathers to make bustles. An all-tail feather bustle is very sought after, but mixtures of tail and wing and all-wing are still very beautiful. Bustles can be decorated with horsehair, angora fur, eagle fluffs, and white leather spots. Clackers
      Clackers, or simply "toes," are sets of deer toes that have been sewn onto a band of leather and tied around the ankles or legs. These can be used instead of bells and produce a nice sounding rattle.
      picture of a Traditional Contest
      "Contesting" is the practice of competing for prizes and recognition against other dancers. Depending on the pow wow and the category, prizes may reachas high as $1500 for first place. Every category is determined by dance style (like Straight or Fancy ) and age. Age grouping typically is tiny tots, 0-5; little boys/girls, 5-12; junior boys/girls, 12-16; senior, 16+. Contesting began sometime around 1920 and is largely responsible for the success of modern pow wows. Dance Staff
      A picture of beaded dance staffs. A dance staff is a long "stick" held in one hand by many dancers as they dance. It may be decorated with beadwork, feathers, and colored tape and often has objects attached to it, such as an eagle 's foot or head, a bull's horn or antlers. The decoration of the staff is entirely left up to the dancer. The staff is related in history to the coup stick, a staff carried into battle by many tribes. It was considered a greater honor to be able to strike an enemy with a coup stick and return safely than to k ill him. Drop
      A drop is a part of the regalia of the Straight Dancer that hangs down the back and touches the floor. Depending on the tribe, it can be made of an otter hide or from several brass or German silver conchos strung together. The Osage use the otter drop, because they believe that water animals, such as the otter, would give them protection. Therefore, the head of the otter is left on so that he might watch over the dancer's back. Fans
      In the Pow Wow sense, a fan is a group of feathers a person can use to fan themselves with. There are several different varieties, including flat fan, wing fan, and loose fan. A flat fan is made usually from the tail feathers of an eagle, a wing fan is m ade either from the entire wing outside of the knuckle or of a few wing feathers, and a loose fan is made from an assortment of eagle, hawk or macaw feathers that are bound loosely on a beaded base. See the Jan. 97 Craft Article for much more info! Fancy Dance Fancy Shawl Dance Garters
      Fingerwoven garters are a part of the Straight Dancer. They are sashes that are woven in many different colors and patterns to match the person's outfit and worn at the waist and just below the knees. Grand Entry
      The Grand Entry is the first dance of a pow wow, used bring in the dancers. It is lead by the color guard, made up of veterans, who carry in the American flag and others that are present (eagle staff, state flag, Canadian, Mexican flag). It is then foll owed by the Head Man and Lady, followed by the Princesses and then the other dance styles by category. The Grand Entry goes around the circle and loops until everyone is in the arena and then stops for the Flag Song Gourd Dance Head Man and Lady Grass Dance Intertribals
      Intertribal refers to dances or songs that belong to no one particular tribe. Most intertribal songs do not have words sung in them, but instead have vocables. Intertribal dances have become very popular in this century because the y draw larger crowds, since everyone is invited. Jingle Dance Lazy Stitch
      Picture of lazy stitch on a vest--Beaded traditional set
      Lazy Stitch is the primary method of applying beads to a large area in a short amount of time. The most common sizes of beads used are 11/0 to 13/0, which are very small for people new to beadwork. The beads are attached by sewing rows of about 7 to 1 0 beads on at a time so that each row is placed next to a row that is identical to it. These rows make up larger rows that are stacked on top of each other, that look like an endless sea of lumps. It is rare to see very large pieces beaded, and those objects that are are usually admired greatly. This type of beadwork makes up most of the beadwork in Buckskin and Traditional outfits. See he Feb 97 Craft Article for info! Loom Stitch
      Picture of a loomed belt
      Loom Beadwork gets its name from the loom that is used to make it. Loom beadwork produces very uniform beadwork and that can be eaily made in strips. It is common to see belts made in this way. Moccasins
      Picture of beaded moccasins
      Moccasins are the traditional footwear of many Native American tribes. Although in the past there were many styles, the predominant style today is that of the Plains tribes, because it has a hard sole that stands up to the rigors of several months of har d dancing. Moccasins can be beaded or quilled, and are sometimes left plain. Pendleton
      Pendleton is a brand name of wool blanket made by Pendleton Woolen Mills that is often used in covering dancer's benches and as giveaway items. Pendletons rang e in size from crib blankets to Queen size, and come in several very beautiful designs. These blankets are expensive (about $100 for the average full blanket) and seen as symbol of affluence. Peyote Stitch
      Picture of Peyoted Staffs
      Peyote Stitch is often called round stitch or gourd stitch. It derives these names because it was originally used to bead the round gourd rattles of the Peyote ceremony in the Native American Church. It is a difficult stitch to master, and uses very sma ll beads, anywhere from 13/0 to 22/0 in size. It is beaded one bead at a time, each bead being placed in between two others. Push
      A "push," is a name given to one complete verse in a song. It begins with the lead, second, verse, honor beats, and second refrain. A song usually consists of four "pushes," each being identical. Sometimes in the interest of time, an Emcee will limit the number of pushes in a song. For more information on songs, go to the Drum and Song Page.

      detailed picture of ribbonwork---Another good picture
      Ribbonwork is the art of sewing together several ribbons together to make a pattern. Ribbonwork can be worn on any style, but it is especially important to Southern Straight Dance and Southern Cloth. The ribbons that are used are made of a satin or taffe ta and are creased, folded, and sewn together. This art was perfected by the Osage and Ponca. Roach
      picture of a roach
      A roach, in the pow wow sense, is a type of headress made from tied porcupine and deer hair. Usually there are several rows of each hair tied onto a woven base so that the hairs will stand upright and move gracefully with the movement of the dancer. The deer hair is placed outside of the longer porcupine hair and may be dyed to match the regalia of the person who is wearing it. They are held on a dancer's head either with a scalp lock, a braided piece of hair, which is brought up through a hole in the t he middle of the base and then run through with a roach pin, or with shoestrings that are attached to the roach pin and tied around the head. Although historically roaches were only made about 12 to 15 inches in length, today longer r oaches are in style, varying from 18 to 22 inches, normally. Occasionally some are seen up to 36 inches. Roaches are the most common form of headress found at modern pow wows and can be worn by all of the men's dance styles. The roach is held open with a spreader can be decorated with scalp feathers . Roach Pin
      picture on a roach
      A roach pin is a dowel that holds a roach in place. It is usually about 12 inches long and about 1/2 inch in diameter and decorated with colored tape , ribbons, and Peyote stitch beadwork. A Traditional Dancer's pin may have several eagle fluffs tied horizontally on the end. Most roach pins have small feathers that hang off the pin that should bounce around as the dancer dances. Round Dance
      fancy dancers in a round Dance---Traditionals in a round Dance
      A Round Dance, or Social Dance, is usually held at the beginning of a pow wow session. Dancers form a large circle in the arena, each dancer staying with other dancers of their dance style. A song is sung with a heavy 1-2-1 pattern and the dancers move laterally around the arena. The faster styles, like Fancy and Traditional, dance closer to the drum, and the slower ladies dance near the edge of the arena using a slower foot pattern. Usually Round dances are sung in sets of three or four songs. Scalp Feathers
      Scalp feathers are feathers (or sometimes one feather) that is tied in the hair at the base of the roach. They many be decorated with fluffs, pieces of fur, metal spots, and cuts into the feather. Spreader
      picture on roach
      A Spreader is a piece of rawhide, bone, or silver that is fashioned to hold open a roach. It is cut according to how its wearer wants his roach to look. A large spreader will flatten a roach in the Lakota style, and a very small spr eader will cause a roach to stand almost vertically in the Ponca style. A rawhide spreader is almost always decorated with colored tape, beadwork, or quillwork. In the middle of the spreader are one or two sockets that contain eagle ta il feathers that are attached by a cut pull-chain that allows them to move gracefully. A Straight dancer will usually have one socket and a Traditional and Grass dancer will have two. The exception to this is a variation for Grass dancers that has two lon g wires with fluffs on the end and a Fancy Dancer "rocker" spreader, that has a centerpiece with two feathers on it that rocks back and forth between two rubber bands very rapidly. See illustration below.
      Fancy Dance Rocker Southern Cloth Dance Southern Straight Dance Traditional Dance Two Step

      picture of the first two couples in a two step The Two-Step seen at pow wows certainly can't be mistaken for the Texas Two-Step, but is none-the-less a fun event for everyone. The Two-Step is one of the few dances where a man and lady are allowed to touch one another, and is much like a follow-the-le ader dance. The first couple is always the Head Man and Head Lady, who are followed by other couples who wish to join. Any person, whether dressed in regalia or not, is invited to participate. The twist to the Two-Step is that the lady is the person wh o usually asks a man to dance, and if he refuses, he must give at least $5 to the woman who asked him. Two Steps can become very intricate and complex, depending on who leads them, and are danced to a rythm much like a Round dance. Vocable
      A vocable is a non-language sound that carries the melody. In the words place, syllables such as "Ah Hey Yah Ho" can be used, but "Yo Hey" can be sung many ways. Often entire songs are written in this way to make learning and singing them easier for peop le who do not speak the language of the song.

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