WELL, I thought I could finish all sixteen pieces by the end of the year. Not likely I can manage the last one in the next five days. The Holidays put a damper on my work and caretaking for a mother with dementia, even though I have three 1/2 days a week and some evenings, it is difficult to keep the flow. I really did want to start the new year with an enormous sense of accomplishment but I can still pat myself on the back come February when the THE ENCULTURATED WHITE MAN: If the Indians Had Won project should, in fact, be finished!
Until I can celebrate “the end” here is a look at the next to last piece finished up a couple days ago — well, before Christmas festivities needed attending to (before that, Christmas decorating, before that my mother’s 91st birthday to celebrate, and before that Thanksgiving shopping, food prep, dishes . . . oy! too, too much!).
Here is number 15 of 16. The feathers I found among oak forest here in NW Arkansas while walking my dog. The reddish brown are probably from a Red-Tail Hawk and the black and white from a Cooper’s Hawk. The white weasel tails I have had since the 70′s when I lived with my Aunt and Uncle in the Alaskan arctic village of Golovin (my father’s birthplace). While living with my relatives in Alaska, I learned quite a lot about subsistence living including trapping squirrels (for food and making parky’s/parkas). During the winter my aunt stored moose meat in a shed with easy access by weasels. I had learned in the fall to trap and skin squirrels and thought I would try a hand at the weasels getting into the moose meat. I trapped and skinned the few I caught and saved the furs for all these years finally to become a part of this project. For more on my life with relatives in Golovin, go to the “My Eskimo Family” category.
Frame front: milk paint on wood, feathers, leather, beads, bone, silk fabric and thread, wool yarn, tin cones, felt
41 1/4″ X 23 1/2″ X 14″
The feathers mounted on the back of this frame is an intact grouse tail. Though much, if not most, of the natural materials for the entire THE ENCULTURATED WHITE MAN: If the Indians Had Won project were gathered by me in the wild, this grouse tail feather/s) I purchased at a booth at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque in 2003.