November 14, 2014 at 2:59 am (13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Native Americans)
Tags: Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis, Ian Berry, Jill Sweet, Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe, Skidmore College, Staging the Indian: The Politics of Representation, Tang Museum
Tonight was the first time I ventured out into the night alone here in Saratoga Springs, New York. I wanted to attend a program at Tang Museum and Art Gallery, at Skidmore College. The bus comes by my building and so I rode to next stop, Skidmore College. I attended the Film Screening and Discussion, “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians.” I saw first hand the sacrifices Curtis made in order to capture the Native People of the west. He didn’t bother to photograph east coast Native People because they were now influenced by settlers. Out west, it was still pristine and primative. Curtis felt that Native People would disappear because of white settlers and he desperately wanted to capture a noble people.
Ian Berry, Tang Museum Director, and Jill Sweet, retired professor of Anthropology, led a discussion about their experience in co-curating the 2002 Tang exhibition, “Staging the Indian: The Politics of Representation,” which featured work from Skidmore’s extensive holdings of Curtis’ work. I had no idea that Skidmore College had this vast collection, which is currently not available for view. It is held at the library and only a handful of professionals have seen it.
There are going to be further programs as part of Saratoga Reads!. One of the books read was The Round House, about the Ojibwe people and the topic was rape. It is a very sensitive subject because a number of tribal women are victims of violence and rape on tribal land, and yet it is not talked about in the open. There are many secrets. A young man tries to find out what happened to his mother and why doesn’t the tribe come out in the open and do something about it. He tries to find the answers himself within his culture. It is a brave thing for to bring this subject out into the open. She did so brilliently.
October 7, 2014 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: Cancer, eyes, healing water, Iroquios, Jewish people, Johnson, Joshnson, mingeral water, Mohawk, S.r Wiliam, skin, spring water
I about finished reading Firekeeper, a Narrative of the New York Frontier by Robert Moss when I picked up a pamphlet with History of the Saratoga Springs Mineral Waters. Within the pages I discovered that Sir William Johnson truly was alive in the early 1770s. He was an “Indian” agent for the British. Johnson is the character of the book.
Johnson had a strong bond with the Mohawks of the Iroquois Nation. In 1771, the Mohawks brought him to Saratoga Springs High Rock Spring for healing. For centures before, native people thought of the land where the springs are located as sacred ground. The springs were known as “Medicine Spring of the Great Spirit.” Sir William Johnson was the first outsider to discover the springs healing properties outside of the Iroquois Nation.
It wasn’t long after that outsiders heard of the healing power of the waters. In present day since I was a child, I have known that this particular spring is good for eyes and skin. My father and I went there years ago when my father was suffering from cancer. His skin was extremely sensative at the time and he told me that the spring was good for the skin
The Jewish people know of the healing power of the water and had for years been bathing their eyes and bodies with the water. I go to this spring for the mineral water to drink. I filll up water bottles and bring it back home. The water is good for the digestive system. I haven’t had any stomach upset since taking the water. The water makes me feel well.
October 7, 2014 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized)
Hi Morgen, Nice to see your page this morning. My book My Name is Butterfly was recently published as an eBook. My second book The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book was translated into Spanish. It should be published by end of 2014. My success has a lot to do with you and the fact that you interviewed me a few years back. Cheers!
Originally posted on Morgen's Online Short Story Writing Group:
Here are your four story exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.
Below are the four – you can do them in any order.
- Keywords: alien, freak, silence, shape, small
- Random: a weird conversation
- Picture: what does this inspire?
- Tuesday Title: When You Call
Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).
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September 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm (Paintings)
Tags: Gideon Putnam, horse paintings, Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Springs New York, Shawn Faust
Victoria Pool next Gideon Putnam Resort Hotel. Open to the public.
My niece Melanie Miller and I had lunch at the historical and prestigious Godeon Putnam a few weeks back in August. We visited the Art Gallery to enjoy paintings by Shawn Faust. I loved the horse paintings that were inspired by Saratoga Race Track. One in particular caught my attention, “You caught my eye.” I fell in love with it because the eyes of the horse reached heart center.
Melanie left within a few days for Westminister, Massachusetts. I told her I was going back to the Gideon Putnam and the state park to go swimming at Victoria Pools. I would stop at the hotel to see how I felt about the painting. If I loved it still, I would purchase it. Well, I simply had to have it.
You Caught My Eye
I asked the gentleman who attended the exhibit if he were the artist and he said yes. “My name is Shawn Faust, and we shook hands. It turns out that the original painting sold last year for several thousand dollars. I purchased the limited edition numbered 12/100. It wasn’t cheap. I paid over $500 for it, which I normally would never do. I would spend this on an original oil or acrylic painting if I loved it. It is beautifully framed and hanging on a wall that has open space around it. Here’s the link at http://buff.ly/1qTYiQg
Shawn Faust head studies of horses caught the attention of Mr. Richard Golden, a prominent horse owner in Chesapeake City, MD and president of Northview Stallion Station. Northview is best know for standing Northern Dancer, one of the greatest thoroughbred stallions of all time. Mr. Golden commissioned Shawn to paint some of his prized thoroughbreds, including Polish Numbers and Tenski. As a result, news of his work spread throughout the Mid Atlantic Region and he was busy traveling to many different tracks and farms to perform portraits of some of the top thoroughbred in the country. Source Faust website at http://shawnfaust.com
Faust is currently recognized as one of the premier equine artist in America. He is a founding member of the Portrait Society of America and a Full member to the American Academy of Equine Art as well as an Associate member of OPA (Oil Painters of America). His work hangs in many prestigious corporate and private collections.
I feel like a million owning this very meaningful painting. Art is all in the eyes to Shawn Faust. I felt his heart flutter when I told him why I purchased the art. I fell in love with the horse’s eyes. Love at first sight!
September 17, 2014 at 12:18 am (Agriculture, Gardening Animals)
Tags: animal tracking, Squirrel, sunflower seeds
This photo is copyrighted but I don’t know who the photographer is. I downloaded it from Google animal photos. Today I was at Saratoga Community Garden. My intentions for the visit was to add raw vegetable scraps in the composter. I sat on a bench under the arbor listening to the peepers in the fall warm afternoon sun and enjoying the show before me.
When I set my eyes on a raised garden bed in the distance, I noticed a brown squirrel in the path chewing on a yellow sunflower head that had fallen to the ground. The squirrel was enjoying a pleasant experience, but decided that he/she wanted to carry it out to a lawn area. At a distance, I watched as he devoired sunflower seeds. I mean this squirrel wasn’t going to stop eating till he/she ate all the seeds. It really was enchanting to watch.
Spend time outside and learn something new about the natural world. Nature calms us down and is healing.
August 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm (Fithcburg MA, Uncategorized)
Tags: dinner, Fitchburg MA, Gateway Park, Neal Anderson, robin art, Walk around the park, Wordpress
It has been quite awhile since I posted. Lovely to see the lettering is bigger. I can actually read it without having to use reading glasses. I think I am going to like this.
I am getting ready to go out to dinner with my niece so I will close shortly.
SATURDAY – April 23
10 am – 12 noon
Walk Around the Park
Retired biologist, Neal Anderson, will lead us on a walk around the park at Gateway Park, 19 Sheldon Street, Fitchburg, MA. Find out about plants, invasive species, the Natural Pollinator Habitat, Community Garden. It is going to be a lot of fun because there is always something new to learn.
If you are visiting Fitchburg, MA, come on out and join us. The art is from the art wall on Main Street, Fitchburg, MA.
Sweetest robin I have ever seen
July 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm (water)
Tags: birch bark clapping sticks, Ceremony, Collapse of Western Civilization, Living on Earth, Ojibwe, pipe-stone, water, Worth Cooley-Prost
Living on Earth: The Collapse of Western Civilization.
Today I went out to my sister’s colonial farm. I brought my birch bark clapping sticks and some corn meal to put down. It was softly raining as I walked up though the woods on the foot trodden trail. I felt I was being led to honor my friend Worth Cooley-Prost who is ascended now with other masters. I just could feel her wanting me to do a Water Ceremony and so I walked up to the Wild Butterfly Habitat where I have my own refuge in a field. My chair was there and I was happy to be able to sit down for a respite.
Sacred gourd and clapping sticks
I knew that I would gather my crystal rock and pipe-stone from a sacred Ojibwe place. I didn’t want to leave them behind knowing that I was moving. I want my sacred things around me. Personally I would rather have my sticks and twigs than furniture. They comfort me and give me strength.
In the clearing I began in the four directions. I chanted the water chant to Nibi Wabo and felt I was honoring the rain as it gently fell and that my friend was pleased.
There is also a stained glass hanging container that an elder friend made years ago. I thought about it and wondered what I would do with it in my new home? A light-bulb went off. I will hang it from a window and put water in it. It will remind me daily to set my intentions in my own residence. I will offer ceremony for the purity of water, that it will remain abundantly with the Earth, even though it is quickly disappearing at an alarming rate. I will continue to bless the water. She wants to be honored. We should never forget this life giving gift to all Beings that live on the planet.
A visit to tranquility
We must never stop protecting her from pollution, toxins, nuclear waste, plastic, and sewage. She allows us to live as well as the trees, plants, birds, fish, and animals that often sacrifice themselves for us.
July 13, 2014 at 1:45 am (Cindy Dyer, Fitchburg MA, Glass, Sisterhood of Platetary Water Rites)
A candle is lit and my thoughts go out to Grandmother Whitedeer who posted a few of my posts from Insectamonarca to the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites, of which I am a council member.
This is my alter with candle, fossils, driftwood, Worth Cooley-Prost’s beautiful handmade glass looking like raindrops, a feather and cedar. May our hearts always lift to the Faraway Vision. May we always honor our sisters who were part of the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites. May we always remember to do Ceremony for the Highest Good.
I am so happy we are reuniting again, The Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites, to protect water and other gifts of Mother Earth. The hour is upon us as Climate Change is affecting so much. Waiting for monarch butterflies to appear in central Massachusetts. Today we saw a fritillary butterfly but couldn’t get close enough to photograph. This photo is copyright Cindy Dyer.