Monday, September 30, 2013

Storytelling with beadwork

 
In the past there was a story to the artwork that we put on our regalia. It told the story of who we were and where we are from. This day and age you can tell where a person comes from by what they wear.
 
 Floral are mainly associated with northern woodland tribes.
Geometric Patterns are associated with the plains tribe.
 
I did the butterflies on the turtle and the baby moccasins for a reason - they are associated with the children. In my tribe there is a story about how the butterflies helped the children learn to play and laugh. They watch over the children and are gentle spirits.
 
The beadwork that we put on the pieces that we wear tell a story about us as a person. It is our identity.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe from "Hidden Powers"

This is the sweet potato pie recipe that I am famous for much like the character Jean in Book 1 of "Hidden Powers."

One year we made about 12 of them and there were no leftovers.

You need:

1 (1 pound) sweet potato
1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of milk
2 eggs
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 unbaked pie crust (9in)

1) Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 - 50 minutes (until done). Run cold water over the potato and remove skin.

2) Mash potato in bowl. Add butter (mix). Mix in sugar, milk, eggs, pumpkin spice and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

3) Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. Add small chunks of butter on top.

4) Bake @ 350 degrees for 55 - 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Pie will puff up as it cooks and then sink as it cools.

Enjoy. I will have to see if I can find a picture of it. I am not known for taking pictures of my food, just for eating it. Happy cooking.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Birchbark Canoe - Ojibwe

Birchbark trees give us the materials for the birchbark canoe.

To the Ojibwe People the canoe was a way of life.

It was the transportation and a way to take care of the their families.

They fished and went to different camps over the lakes.

It was a part of them - they took good care of it and it helped take good care of them.


This video is about how to construct a birch bark canoe. This video was created by Lakeland PTV and they did an amazing job.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFSjKRnUzVo#


Watching this video made me feel connected to the past - it was created using the techniques that my ancestors used.

This video has the Ojibwe names for the parts of the canoe in it. This was created by skabewis. It is a small interview from Indian Country TV and I enjoyed listening to the elder speaking the Ojibwe Language.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrrwCj1CdJ4

Papakoosigun in "Hidden Powers has a trust in her canoe and she uses it in her quest to save the world. I put this in the book because the canoe is important to our people.
 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Magnificent Elf Mondays - What Characteristics Make You an Elf - Part 4

Over the past three weeks we covered the forest, fire and elemental elves. Now I will tell about the Ice Elves. There are four main types of elves in my first trilogy that is what this list is based on.

ICE ELF

  • Loves the cold crisp air or winter.
  • Calm
  • Intelligent
  • Ambitious
  • Ones in the class to hand in their homework early
  • Solitary type of person but love their clan
  • Splendid in strategy
  • Skilled at constructing objects and creates inspiring pieces
  • Not afraid of a fight especially if it is for something they believe in
  • Believe in order and power above anything
  • Cause - Understanding Global Warming
  • Cause - Endangered Species 

Can you think of any other characteristics for a Ice Elf?