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25. June 2013 05:44
by Lynne

Native American News from Here and There

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Native American Fashion Look Book Published

Beyond Buckskin has published a look book featuring the original fashions of 17 Native American designers.  Released March 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the book covers the work of: Consuelo Pascual (Navajo/Mayan), Bethany Yellowtail (Crow/Northern Cheyenne), Jamie Okuma (Luiseno/Shoshone Bannock) and Dick Bernanin. Streetwear is by Alano Edzerza (Tahltan), Jared Yazzie (Navajo), and Candace Halcro (Cree/Metis), and the jewelry is by Ista Ska (Lakota), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), David Gaussoin (Navajo/Pueblo), Andrea Preston (Navajo), MaRia Bird (Hopi/Navajo), Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), TSOul (Navajo), and others.

Designed to show the range and professionalism of Native American fashion designers, Beyond Buckskin includes clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

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Paul Frank Announces Collaboration with Native Artists

Four American Indian designers have been chosen for a first time ever fashion collaboration with designer Paul Frank.  The limited edition collection will be unveiled in August during Santa Fe Indian Market week, at a special showing co-hosted by the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum.

The accessories featured by Paul Frank include a silk screened canvas tote bag by Nooksack Louie Gong, beaded sunglasses by Cree/Metis Candace Halcro, graphic print tee shirts by Navajo Dustin Martin and, jewelry by Comanche/Taos Autumn Dawn Gomez.

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16. January 2013 06:13
by Lynne

Canadian First People Protest Budget Bill & Demand Rights

16. January 2013 06:13 by Lynne | 0 Comments

Native Americans in Canada are using fasting and civil disobedience to protest a 2012 budget bill that First People and critics say makes it easier to sell reserve lands and weakens environmental safeguards for Canadian lakes and rivers.

Teresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat Tribe, has been fasting on fish broth and medicinal tea for over 30 days, in an attempt to start a dialog with the current government.   Other First Nation chiefs have joined her. They hope to address concerns over the recent budget bill as well as unfulfilled promises dating back to 1900 about indigenous participation in developing natural resources and other benefits.

In recent developments, Ms. Spence refused to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Her reason for boycotting the meeting is that many of the treaty rights at issue date back to British control of Canada and were established by royal proclamation.  Ms. Spence said that she was willing to attend a ceremonial meeting with Governor General David Johnston.

However, Shawn Atleo, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and some other Native leaders met with the Prime Minister on Friday January 11, and agreed to a future meeting. Topics of the meeting will be treaty rights, education and employment opportunities.

Various Canadian Native rights groups, including Idle No More (INM) are supporting the protest. During 2012, members of INM held marches, highway blockades and flash mob protests with Native drumming and dancing to call attention to various demands. Spokespeople for Idle No More have stated that their quarrel is not with the Canadian people, but with the current government.

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15. January 2013 06:34
by Lynne

Native American News from Here and There

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New Mexico Honors Maria Martinez

San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez has been honored as one of the women important to New Mexico history.  In July 2012 a roadside marker along state highway 502 near San Ildefonso Pueblo was dedicated to her.

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BBC Special Explains El Dorado Myth

Stories of a city of gold were the driving force behind a number of Spanish expeditions into Central and South America.  The facts behind the legend are explored as part of a new BBC Four series “Lost Kingdoms of South America.”

According to Dr. Jago Cooper, British Museum curator for the Americas, archaeological research has proven that El Dorado was originally a religious ceremony of the Muisca peoples in Colombia.  El Dorado was the climax of an initiation ceremony for new Muisca leaders.  The new leader, naked except for a covering of mud and gold dust, made offerings to the gods by throwing specially made gold objects into a sacred lake.  The best description of this ceremony comes from a 16th Century book The Conquest and Discovery of the New Kingdom of Granada by Juan Rodriguez Freyle.

The Muisca peoples made a special alloy of gold, silver and copper called “tumbaga” as an offering to the gods to maintain balance and harmony in Muisca society and with their environment.

With time, the Muisca ceremonial lakes were transformed into “cities of gold”—untold riches for a European society using gold as a symbol of wealth and as well as a currency.

“Lost Kingdoms of South America” began airing January 14 on BBC Four.  For more information on this series:


10. December 2012 05:36
by Lynne

Native American News from Here and There

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First Native American Saint Named

This October the pope named the first Native American Catholic saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, an Algonquin/Mohawk woman who lived in the 17th Century. 

Kateri lost most of her family to smallpox and was left scarred and partially blind.  According to the BBC Magazine article, she was baptized into the Catholic religion at the age of 20.  After conversion she took a lifetime vow of chastity and left her village for a Jesuit-run mission near Montreal.  There she spent her days in self-punishment and fasting.   She died four years later.

Because the mission Jesuits believed her to be a saint, they wrote down everything they knew about her.  These records show that miracles started to occur when she died—the scars disappeared from her face, she appeared to people in visions.  In 2006 a part-Lummi boy was cured of a flesh-eating bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, when a bone from Kateri Tekakwitha was placed against his body.

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Russell Means Dies

On October 25 Russell Means died at his home on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 

Born into the Oglala Lakota tribe, he was a long-time advocate of Native rights.  In 1969 he was part of a group that reoccupied Alcatraz Island.  He became a leader of the American Indian Movement and was involved in the armed occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

Later in his life he acted in a number of films including Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers.  He also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1988 on the Libertarian ticket.

But he is best remembered as a man who fought against prejudice and stereotypes.  Means once said:  “The first thing about freedom is:  You are free to be responsible.”


28. September 2012 06:10
by Lynne

Native American News from Here and There

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Bills Introduced to Refund Esther Martinez Native American Language Act

Funding for the Esther Martinez Native American Language Act expires at the end of this year.  Passed in 2006, the law was designed to support programs in tribal communities for restoration and immersion in endangered Native languages.

Companion bills to refund the Act have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.  The House bill is sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators from New Mexico.

The Act was named for Esther Martinez, a member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, located in the State of New Mexico, who kept her Tewa language despite being punished for speaking it through years of boarding school.

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Urban Outfitters Asks Judge for Change of Venue

In Feburary 2012, the Navajo Nation sued Urban Outfitters for their unauthorized use of the name “Navajo” for a line of clothing with Native American style patterns.

According to KRQE News 13, Urban Outfitters has asked the judge to move the case from New Mexico to Pennsylvania where the company is based.  Reasons given for the request are that it would be more convenient and the case would be handled more quickly.

The KRQE story adds that the reporter found no federally recognized Indian tribes currently in the State of Pennsylvania.

18. June 2012 09:13
by Lynne

The Best of the Best--The Story of Charlotte Beads

18. June 2012 09:13 by Lynne | 0 Comments

by J-Me and Guy of Wild Things Beads

Charlotte cut seed beads are the Cadillac of seed beads, the one cut facet making them sparkle and shimmer. Considering how popular they are, they are very hard to get in any form of consistency, and beaders who know, buy them whenever they can, and keep their sources secret.

According to Peter Francis, Jr. Charlotte cuts were first used in 1847 in France, for the garment trade. Although Peter doesn’t know the origins of the name, in a recent letter to Bead and Button magazine by Elliot Greene of New York, Elliot states the name was attributed to his daughter. Elliot Green is an importer of Czech glass beads, and one of only a small handful of importers of charlotte cut seed beads.

Seed beads have been made for centuries, in Italy, France, and Bohemia; according to Peter Francis, Jr., the beads were made in Venice and Lyon, then sent to Bohemia for faceting.  Seed beads are no longer made in Italy, and France.

The only European seed bead manufacturer now in existence is in the Czech Republic. The factory is Ornela, located outside of Jablonec nad Nisou, where most of the Czech glass bead industry is located. Ornela is the world’s largest seed bead factory.  Having said that, charlottes are almost impossible to get, and most bead stores are always in short supply, as are the few importers who carry them. Why this is the case is a mystery, because charlottes are very popular.

Charlottes were originally only made in size 13/0, but then 11/0 were made, and now charlottes are available in 15/0, 8/0 and 6/0.  Because technically only 13/0 are charlottes, all the rest, (11/0, 15/0, 8/0 and 6/0) are called one cuts or true cuts. But if you are not a purist…then charlottes are really what they are called.

Charlottes are made in many colors of glass, and some are made with different lusters and coatings. Some of the most desirable charlottes on the market today are the precious metal charlottes such as 24 kt gold, sterling silver, copper and marcasite. However, buyers should be aware that there are two varieties of the precious metal charlottes – the painted (galvanized) seed beads and the baked on ones. The painted charlottes are much less expensive than the baked on ones, are not as bright, and the color comes off almost immediately upon contact, leaving the core base of crystal or alabaster showing through. Needless to say, this will ruin a project you would be doing. The baked on charlottes are quite a lot more expensive, but the coating will last much longer, if not indefinitely. Some beaders have reported that the coating will come off where repeated contact with other beads or metal findings rubs against the charlotte cut. Also, wearing your jewelry with these coated charlottes in the hot tub or pool will cause the coating to fade. But if you treat your beads with care, they will last a long time.

J-Me Lynn of Wild Things Beads has been creating this fancy anklet for over 35 years with various types of charlottes.

In response to the need for charlottes, Japan has entered the market as well, with Toho offering 12/0 and 15/0 charlottes. Unfortunately, they are only available loose.

In a recent comparison of Toho charlottes and Czech charlottes, the Japanese charlottes are not the same size. The Toho are larger. (Size 15/0 are really a 14/0).

As of July 3, 2005, the first shipment of 11/0 gold and silver charlottes arrived in our warehouse, along with 13/0 gold, in the 1/8 kilo bundles. There are approximately 19 hanks in the 13/0 bundles, and 11 hanks in the 11/0 bundles. The quality is exactly the same.

As previously mentioned, Elliot Greene of New York is one importer of charlotte cuts, but only carries 13/0. Other importers are: York Novelties of New York, who carries 13/0, 15/0 (but only loose), 11/0 and 8/0, Shipwreck Beads of Washington, who carries 13/0, Buy-Lines of Los Angeles, who carries 13/0, John Bead of Canada, who only carries a small amount of 13/0, and Wild Things Beads of Penn Valley, California. We carry 15/0, 13/0, 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0, depending on supply from the factory.

© 5/31/05 – updated 10/13/06

This is a shortened version of J-Me and Guy’s original article reproduced with their permission.  To read more go to:

Wild Things Beads is an American wholesale importer of glass beads, buttons and crystal prisms manufactured in the Czech Republic and Germany, supplying bead stores and the costume jewelry industry.  They also have a website  where you can find heaps of wonderful information about beads from all over the world.  Wholesale customers with tax ID numbers can order beads on-line.  In the near future Wild Things Beads plans to have a retail website.  If you're interested in being put on their retail list, send J-Me an email by going to their home page.

Specializing in the more exotic colors and coatings, Wild Things offers charlottes in 24 kt gold, sterling silver and marcasite, metallic chocolate bronze, green with a bronze luster, amethyst with a bronze luster and, cobalt blue with a bronze luster. These coatings look bronze when you hold them down, but when you hold them up to the light they become transparent green, purple, or blue.

Wild Things Beads have been in business since 1982, starting off in the arts and crafts industry, selling at flea markets, craft fairs, church fetes, art shows, and Quartzsite, Arizona before specializing in glass beads, first as a retail establishment, then in 1998 as an import house.The owners are Jamie and Guy Lynn, a wife and husband team. Both were in corporate employment during the beginning days of Wild Things Beads.