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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2010-05-28 10:57
Subject: Pretty picture
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I'm thinking about Memorial Day. While googling for ideas for this year's scrapbook page, I came across this photo of native dancers which I think is just gorgeous. I love all the colors. And the guy on the right is almost wearing my star.
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Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?
User: rhymephile
Date: 2010-05-28 17:13 (UTC)
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The man on the far right is a fancy dancer, and the guy behind him too. The rest of the troupe there look like traditional dancers.

For some of the most amazing portraits of Native peoples, check out Ben Marra's work. I buy a calendar of his photos every year. You want to see some gorgeous works of art -- and by that I mean the awesome dance costumes -- take a look at his portfolios. http://www.benmarra.com/portfolios.html
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-05-28 17:49 (UTC)
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Wow. *loves you*

And man, do those costumes ever make me feel like a piker for my "artistry" with yarn. The amount of time, effort and skill that must go into creating them. Amazing.

Also, the dancers make me wish I weren't so old, white, and fat. I want to be one of them.
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Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?
User: rhymephile
Date: 2010-05-28 17:56 (UTC)
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I'd *love* to go to one of the pow-wows held in the West where there are lots of dancers. They just don't hold them here on the East coast, unfortunately. I have a really deep interest in Native peoples and their art, and have ever since I was a kid.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-05-28 18:10 (UTC)
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Ditto.

And there are conflicting stories in the family as to whether or not we have native blood. My mom's uncles told her, when she was a wild little girl running around and playing hard, that she got it from her grandmother, an "Indian Princess". At different times mom has told me she (a) believed them, (b) still believes them, and (c) is certain they made it up as a joke and it is not at all true. I can't get a straight answer out of any of the older generation and, sadly, most of them have passed. I think my last best hope is that DNA testing improves to the point where we can tell one way or the other.
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Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?
User: rhymephile
Date: 2010-05-28 18:23 (UTC)
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That would be really interesting to find out! I do know that to be considered a tribal member you have to prove native blood to a certain percentage. You could do some research and see if the stories are true.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-05-28 20:27 (UTC)
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I've heard that too, about the percentage, but it doesn't matter to me; the important part would be knowing. I don't (and won't) have children so it isn't as though my membership or lack-thereof would have lasting impact on anyone else. And I have no interest in belonging in order to receive a share of casino proceeds (if in fact whatever group to which I theoretically might belong has a casino). If there were some to be had, I think I'd have to refuse to accept the money on principle. I have a bad attitude toward people who embrace their heritage only when there is a financial motive toward doing so.
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