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Etsy Holiday shopping guide: Gifts from the Indigenous people of the land



Etsy Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts from the Indigenous people of the land

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If you are like me, you are starting to think about your holiday shopping (I prefer to use “holiday” instead of “Christmas” which has a religious connotation and meaning). And if you are like me, you are all about online shopping. Because really, who wants to battle crowds at the shopping center. And that’s if you can even find parking… So yes, online shopping all the way! And if you know this site, even a little bit, you know one of my favorite places to shop, for literally anything, is Etsy! Yay Etsy!! I just love the concept of Etsy. A place where artists can sell directly to the buyers, where they get a platform to showcase their work and where buyers actually get to interact with them. There are just so many options on Etsy that you can find something for every single person you know. From your mother, to your spouse, to your boss, teacher, mentor or even your neighbor’s dog (I kid you not!).

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Featured artist: David Fierro and his stunning Native American drums

Featured artist: David Fierro and his Native American drums

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This past week was a special week for me for a few reasons. One of them was the raising of a totem pole a block away from my office, for the survivors and residents of an area of Vancouver called “downtown eastside” (DTES). The area is also known as “Skidrow” for its high incidence of crime (including a high incidence of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), homelessness and drug use. Definitively not an area easy to live in day in and day out. However, it is where I work and I would not change that for anything. Because there is so much beauty in the people living there. A lot of trauma yes but also such beauty and resilience. Which is what the totem pole represents. I look forward to visiting it when I need strength and peace. See it and read about it on my Facebook page or learn more about the meaning and history of totem poles here. 

Drum by David Fierro

Drum by David Fierro

Last week was also the week that I finally got my own drum! So let’s talk about drumming, the meaning of a Native American drum and the wonderful and talented artist who made mine: David Fierro.

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VIDA: A place for unique designs by a Metis artist, so much to love!

VIDA: A place for unique designs by a Metis artist, so much to love!

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Feathers & Medicine tote by Carole Rose

Feathers & Medicine tote by Carol Rose

Today I wish to share with you a site I discovered and an artist I recently had the pleasure of meeting. Indeed, if you know my site, you know that I always prefer to buy my scarves, my jewelry, my moccasins and my clothes directly from the artist. As much as possible. And today I want to feature Metis artist Carol Rose. I ran into Carol at a Pow wow I attended a few weeks ago. Her work was displayed (paintings and cards) and she walked up to me looking at her work as I was saying aloud: this is just incredible! And her work IS incredible!! It is honestly unlike anything I have ever seen. Her technique of tight dots making a bigger designs is just phenomenal. And that is just part of her work! She has many gorgeous and peaceful looking designs. But before we get into her work, let’s talk about the website she sells her work on: VIDA.

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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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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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Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites

Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites

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I hope you had a good Christmas for those who celebrate it. And that you are having happy holidays. I recently posted a picture of a buckskin medicine bag on this site’s Facebook page. It was quite popular so I thought I would introduce you to one of my favorite Native American medicine bags from, where else, Etsy! Let’s take a look at it 🙂

Product: Fringed leather medicine bag or gathering pouchmedicine bag

Where: DieselBoutique on Etsy

Materials: Tan leather, turquoise or red beading, wooden beading, white long beads and pheasant feathers

Price: $56.72 CAN or $41 USD

Rating: 5 stars

 

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Native American Tea Company: Such a good gift for the holidays

Native American Tea Company: Such a good gift for the holidays

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How is everyone? The holidays are approaching rapidly and some of you might be in holidays shopping mode. Or should I say “I am freaking out I do not know what to buy” mode…. Well I gave you some suggestions in this post about wonderful Etsy treasures. So many great ideas in that one! But if that’s not your cup of tea, I recommend you visit the Native American Tea Company site (see what I did there?). If you are familiar with my site, you might have noted that I often include pictures of the different kinds of teas the Native American Tea Company offers. Clicking on any of them will take you to their site. Let me tell you about some of the promotions they have for the holidays. For a more complete post about the company and some of their teas, see my previous post here.

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Holiday shopping ideas: Gifts for everyone on Etsy



Holiday shopping ideas: Gifts for everyone on Etsy

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I hope your week is going great 🙂 If you are like me, you are just realizing that the holidays are basically less than a month away and that you need to get your butt in gear and buy gifts for your loved ones! I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Native crafts and arts fair a few days ago and bought a few presents (for myself too….). But holy crap is time going by fast! So I thought I would review and discuss one of my favorite sites of all time: Etsy. Here I introduce some of my favorite shops or items on Etsy and discuss holiday shopping ideas 🙂 And of course, the articles and shops chosen will be Native American or Native American inspired. But also check out their Holiday Gift Guide, full of shopping ideas for everyone! But here I want to focus on moms. Your mom and all moms. Those hard working women who need and deserved to be spoiled. What they would want for themselves as well as their little ones (and not so little ones…).

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Silver dreamcatcher earrings: arrowhead, turquoise and more!



Silver dreamcatcher earrings: arrowhead, turquoise and more!

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Another weekend upon us. I have to say that time has been flying by quickly for sure! Busy busy at work and excited about now having a shop on my site! Look in the menu above to see beautiful hand carved jewelry by my friend Randy. But today, I will reviewing another product from Etsy (yes Etsy again…). Christmas time is fast approaching so time for you to think about what you will be buying your loved ones 🙂 I had some problems while ordering those silver dreamcatcher earrings but the shop owner was understanding and reasonable. Let’s look at those beautiful earrings.

Product: Silver dreamcatcher earrings with arrowhead and feather pendants

arrowhead silver dreamcatcher earrings

Silver dreamcatcher earrings

Where: EmelyRose Boutique on Etsy

Materials: Silver, turquoise beads

Price: $14.50 USD

Rating: 4 stars

 

 

 

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