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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:43:05 PM America/Phoenix
Dream catchers are originally a native artifact from the Ojibwa nation. Native mothers would use various threads, such as sinew and yarn and would die it red. They would wrap the threads on wooden hoops and place them or weave them into baby cradle boards. This spider web form would capture anything that may try to pass through. Weather it be harm or sickness or bad feelings and thoughts this would protect them. The dream catcher would also filter out all the bad dreams.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:47:01 AM America/Phoenix
Charles Russell lived from 1864 to 1926 and was one of the few great western painters of his time to capture all aspects of the American cowboy and Native American Culture. One of his most famous paintings jerked down in 1907 dramatizes the dangerous work of the American cowboys way of life. In this painting the portrays a steer being roped while another steer trips on the rope pulling both the horse and the cowboy to the ground. Holding a firm grip, the cowboy fights to keep the horses' balance. The cowhand swings his rope in hope to lasso the situation. This method is known as the "hard and fast" method by which a rope is tied to the saddle horn.
Monday, November 7, 2011 10:05:39 AM America/Phoenix
Monday, October 17, 2011 3:44:31 PM America/Phoenix
The most common traditional shape of the Pima Basket was a fairly shallow bowl with a slightly rounded bottom and flaring sides, approximately fifteen inches in diameter and five inches in height. This was ideal for important task of winnowing and parching wheat. The size of the basket varied considerably for use in other household chores, such as collecting and preparing squash, pumpkins, roots, beans, wild spinach, and fruits of the various cacti. A very special deep large basket was used to hold tiswin, a liquor made from the saguaro fruit. This was gathered in June, the harvest marking the beginning of the Pima year.
As an old Pima woman once said, "They used to line the basket with mesquite pitch so they could put liquor in it. They would put the stew in a large basket, and everyone would dip in with their hands, even the children. People put back in the bowl what they couldn't eat. They would take all the bones and dry them up on the roof and use them again. They still had their flavor. They were not afraid of flies in those days.
Baskets were also carried on the head in the Basket Dance. These were not used for food.
The utilitarian baskets have long ago been abandoned for the more easily obtained metal kitchen wares, although the traditional shapes are still woven for the tourist or collectors. Other forms, such as plaques, shallow or deep bowls with straight sides, narrow necked ollas and minature baskets are examples of experimentations by the weavers.
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:54:26 PM America/Phoenix
The O’odham mainly focus on Southwestern basketry. Native American baskets originally, like pottery, were completely utilitarian, and were being constructed well before pottery. Discoveries of Hohokam baskets go back 1300 years and were probably being made in the area well before that. Unfortunately baskets biodegrade while fired pottery lasts for ages which is why you come across Southwestern pottery well before Southwestern Native American Indian Baskets. O’odham baskets are still being made the same way they were years ago using the same techniques and materials. The only thing that changed was a few natural materials such as; willows and the yucca became more often used. During the late 19th century the tourist began buying, selling and trading and the demand for these Native American Indian baskets greatly increased.