Difference makes us but….in the end we are all related



Difference makes us but…..in the end we are all related

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How’s everyone doing? As I attended a Pow wow not too long ago, I feel fantabulous! I love Pow wows and I am sure you have seen some of my posts about them. The energy of the dancers and the drums, the atmosphere, the artists selling their beautiful products. I love it all! Different nations all unique but coming together to celebrate mother Earth, the music and traditions of the ancestors. And this made me think: are we all different or are we all the same? Well I think it is neither. I think, as the Etsy campaign says Difference Makes Us but! We are also all one. We all have a certain uniqueness but in the end we are all related. So inspired by the the motto of the campaign “celebrate all our un-similarities” I thought I would reflect on what makes me “me” and what do I identify with.

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Canadian Native art: Etsy is the place to go!


Canadian Native art: check out Etsy!

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How’s everyone doing on this last weekend of summer? So today I thought I would discuss one of my favorite lighter topic: Etsy and its wonderful artists! For those not familiar with Etsy, where have you been! Just kidding… Etsy is a wonderful platform, a website where individual artists can sell their handmade products. Each of them unique and one of a kind pieces. I buy a lot from Etsy, might it be sage sticks, jewelry, dreamcatchers, purses, you name it. And every time I wear my Etsy products, I get stopped by people and get compliments on them. If you like to buy directly from the artist (which I am all about, hence why I buy most of my stuff on Etsy or directly from the artists at Pow wows or Native fairs), this is for you. So let’s look at some wonderful Canadian Native art or Etsy’s Made in Canada products 🙂

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Pendleton bag: an exquisite and personalized find on Etsy



Pendleton bag: an exquisite and personalized find on Etsy

Product: a gorgeous bagPendleton bag

Where: TheLewisKingsleyCo shop on Etsy

Materials: Pendleton wool blanket fabric, reclaimed leather belt, leather, magnetic snap button

Price: $85 US or $112 CAN

Rating: 5 stars +++

 

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Follow up: 7 weeks after my car accident

Follow up: 7 weeks after my car accident

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It’s been a while I know….I have been struggling to write since my car accident. If you want, you can read about it and the weeks that followed here. So I thought instead of trying to find something to write about, I would just share those struggles with you. Because as much as I want to say that it has been easy, it has not. Don’t get me wrong, it could have been way worse! I was lucky to walk out of my car with nothing broken. I really was. But I think what we often underestimate is the toll such trauma takes on one’s spirit. So let’s talk about that.

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How life can change in an instant

How life can change in an instant: motor vehicle accident

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Time just seems to be flying by recently. I know I have not written a post in a few weeks and I do apologize for that. I am normally more active than I have been in the past weeks. But I do have an excuse…..A little less than 2 weeks ago, I was in a car accident. For those on this site’s Facebook page, thank you for your support 🙂 The recovery has been harder than I thought and I am slowly getting there. The goal of this article is to share my experience of this accident but most importantly the advice that was given to me. How to use the traditional way of healing. Because that’s what I am about. How to heal using the way of our ancestors. Yes, I am fully aware it is highly improbable that any of them ever got into a car accident but bear with me…. Continue reading

Native American medicine picking: The experience of picking sage



Native American medicine picking: The experience of picking sage

sage Merritt BC

Sage in Merritt, BC

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Wow is it ever a gorgeous weekend on the Canadian West Coast! Grandfather Sun shining, blue sky and perfect temperatures. Loving it! If you have seen my site’s Facebook page, you know that I had the privilege to go medicine picking yesterday. I went with my healing circle as the Elder and facilitators go every year and know the area well. It was so nice just to relax and look at the scenery on the way there (as I am normally driving and miss out on all that is around). A perfect Saturday! I even got back with one hell of a sunburn on my back (as the one thing I had forgotten was sunscreen…).

So let’s talk about Native American medicine picking 🙂 In this case, picking sage in Merritt, BC.

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Hopi Kachina dolls: Meaningful art

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Hopi Kachina dolls: Meaningful art

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Sun Kachina doll

Sun Kachina doll

How is everyone doing in this wonderful Spring time? I hope you are able to enjoy sunshine and nature blooming wherever you are 🙂 I know I am enjoying it on the Canadian West Coast. I have been thinking about what I could be writing about. And Hopi Kachina (Katsina) dolls popped in my mind. Yes weird things pop in my mind 😉 I have posted pictures of Kachina dolls on this site’s Facebook page in the past and I just find them so beautiful. And as we will see, they are also meaningful and spiritual.

So let’s take a look at the Hopi Kachina dolls, their origins, meaning and their beauty.

 

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Pow wow time: My experience and why I enjoy them so much

Pow wow time: My experience and why I enjoy them so much

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Everyone on the dance floor

Everyone on the dance floor!

Happy Easter to all! It is another sunny Spring day on the Canadian West Coast. Nature is awake and beautiful and love is in the air 🙂 Needless to say, I am feeling good! Before I go to a friend’s place for Easter dinner, I thought I would talk about something that does make me very happy: Pow wow time 🙂 If you follow this site’s Facebook page, you probably have seen that I went to a Pow wow last night. If not, click on the link I just inserted and go check out the videos I posted! This post will focus mostly on the Pow wow I attended last night. To learn more about the Pow wow ceremony, I strongly encourage you to read my previous article explaining it. But for now, it is Pow wow time!

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Native American Counting Coup: A practice of the Great Plains



Native American Counting Coup: A practice of the Great Plains

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man holding a coup stick

Man holding a coup stick

How is your weekend going? Mine is going fantabulous as a person close to my heart would say. Isn’t that just a great made up word! I am loving my weekend for real. Even though it is raining on the West coast today. As the same person would say, when it is raining, it is because Mother Earth needs to cleanse herself. What a great way to look at it! Anyhoo, I was thinking about what to write about yesterday. And then I remember that I posted a picture a few days ago on this site’s Facebook page of a man holding a coup stick. So today, we will learn about Native American Counting Coup, a practice of the Great Plains people. Are you intrigued? Yes? Let’s do this then 🙂

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