West Coast button blankets: gorgeous and meaningful
Button Blanket by Nancee Wood
How are you all doing? Over here in BC, Canada, I am enjoying a long weekend, as tomorrow is BC Family day. If you follow my Facebook page, you know I attended Hobiyee, the Nisga’a nation New Year celebration 2 days ago (article to come on Hobiyee, stay tuned). And it was just awesome and breathtaking. As soon as I came in and heard the singing and drumming, I had chills. And I had not even seen the dancers yet!! And boy were they ever spectacular. Many of them were wearing the West Coast button blanket, hence why I am writing about it today. I really wish you could have seen those beautiful blankets in person as the pictures do not do them justice at all. I think my mouth was open the whole time, just in awe. I live on the West Coast and I am fortunate enough to see button blankets quite frequently. But I had never seen so many at once and so many ornate ones. Just stunning! So let’s talk about and look at some West Coast button blankets!
Dreams interpretation: Follow up and some possible meanings
How is everyone’s weekend? I hope you are able to enjoy yourself and are doing good. After 2 busy weekends on my end, I am happy to be having a more relaxed one! So last week, I wrote an introductory post on dreams interpretation from an Indigenous perspective. You can read it here. Today, I thought I would write a follow up adding to what I already posted. So in my first post, I gave you an intro to dreams interpretation, integrating my background in psychodyamic psychology with an Indigenous perspective. Today, I want to go into more details about possible interpretations of certain dreams, or elements in dreams. But once again, when it comes to dreams interpretation, the dreamer knows best. So don’t take anything too literally here! I am just providing you with some guidelines. Here we go!
Dreams interpretation: Intro to an Indigenous perspective
receiving my blanket
Hope you are all doing well and enjoying yourself. I am still smiling from my graduation last week 🙂 Read more about it here. I miss those people and it has only been a week! Such a wonderful blanket ceremony and a wonderful time. So I want to continue in the spirit of that great time and share some more wisdom and knowledge and perspectives that were shared with me in the wonderful program that is Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (AFOT). And today, I want to talk about dreams.
You see, before I went through this awesome program, I was trained in western psychology. More specifically in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy or psychology. Yes, the Freud stuff… That was my training. And although, I enjoyed it, I did not feel like it was enough. So I kept on going. I think I will be an eternal student…But that being said, because of my original training, I also believed that dreams had meaning, they serve a purpose. They bring to the surface information that, normally, when awake, our defenses would block out. I truly believe the dreams have a meaning and a message. But how do we interpret them? Here, I will be giving an overview of different schools of thought but will not be going in depth. As that would be a very lengthy article (I can talk a lot about dreams!)…But there might be a follow up at some point 🙂 I am including some books from Amazon at the end for those who are interested (I am using them in this article).
Religion vs Spirituality: Where does the Native American way of life fit in?
Oh wow what a weekend! For those who follow my Facebook page, you probably have read that I officially graduated from my program in Aboriginal focusing oriented psychotherapy and complex trauma (AFOT) certificate today! Read more about this unique and amazing program here. I have never experienced such a program. It has been a year of wonders, of learning, of healing. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to my teachers, Elders and classmates. Who all became my second family. I have so much love and respect for all of them. It was a crazy busy and at times painful year. And they helped carry me forward and heal.
Native American Chilkat Weaving: Gorgeous pattern
How is everybody’s New Year so far? I do wish you all many moons of happiness, love and tranquility 🙂 I know I am praying for all of this myself. So here we are in 2016, this site being almost a year old! How exciting!! I have posted over 100 articles here about a variety of topics. I have had guest writers and partnerships in writing. I have discussed the traditions, the history, the beauty and trauma of the Native American people, of the Indigenous people of the land. I have also introduced a few art pieces, Native artists as well as reviewed products I bought. And here we are and I still have ideas 🙂 As I have mentioned a few times, I live in the Pacific Northwest, on the West Coast of Canada. I am not only surrounded by the Plains and Prairie people but also by the Pacific Northwest culture. Or cultures, I should say. And one of the most beautiful designs in my eyes is the Chilkat (you pronounce the “t” at the end) pattern. Chilkat weaving is just a gorgeous form of art that stands out. Let’s then explore the origins of the Native American Chilkat weaving.
Where did the art originate from?
Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites
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 pouch
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
Native American Tea Company: Such a good gift for the holidays
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.
Native American baby swing: greatest tradition ever!
How is everyone!
For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you probably came across a recent picture of a Native American baby swing. Many posted their experience using one or being in one as a kid themselves. Some even sent me their own personal pictures, some posted below. And for that I am very grateful! Sharing their personal memories with me and then you. That touches me. So today, we will be focusing on the baby swing. Information on it, its origins and intended purpose is scarce. Very scarce but here is what I have put together from what I have found and the stories of those who shared with me. Here we go, the Native American baby swing: the greatest tradition ever!
Holiday shopping ideas: Gifts for everyone on Etsy
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…).
Reasons to quit school: Why I quit 4th grade
I hope you are all having a good weekend. If you have been on my site this week, you might know what this article is. It is the conclusion of a 3 part series written by the Red man about a particular childhood experience. I encourage you to read part 1 about his new school clothes and part 2 about his grandmother’s (kokum) reaction. Today, we learn about his first day of Grade 4. We heard about his experience in Grade 1 before, and today we learn about Grade 4 taught by the husband of the the Red man’s first grade teacher. A thoughtful and entertaining story ahead addressing reasons to quit school (in the mind of a fourth grader).
Where were we?
When we left, we were the day before the first day of Grade 4 and the Red man was trying to sleep. However, the Red man had also received a very brutal beating from his kokum and was in pain. Continue reading