Sunday, October 19, 2014

That vision thing . . . umm . . . RING.

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.

Now up at The NDN Silver Blog, it's just a short little straightforward feature. And, yes, a wildly self-indulgent one; I gave myself this weekend to highlight personal favorites of mine, simply because they're my favorites.

Shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks. And stay tuned: Later today, we'll have a couple dozen additional items up on the site, as well as a feature posted elsewhere, just in time for early holiday shopping.  I'll send the links around when it all goes live.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gifts: Transformation.

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.

Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's the gift of transformation, manifested via Wings's preferred medium.

As happens occasionally — and thankfully, with remarkable rarity — it's a piece I confess to coveting. But it's meant for someone else, someone who perhaps needs this particular symbolism. It's simple, and powerful.

Take a look. Maybe you know someone undergoing their own transformation right now. And as always, shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed (and right now, very much needed).

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Little Feet."

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's something all new, small but very, very special. [Very modestly priced, too.]

Believe it or not, I manage to tie together children and corn, moccasins and medicine wheels. It's all in there, and it's nowhere nearly as contrived as it sounds; it all . . . grew organically, shall we say. [Those of you who know our gardening practices will get the joke in that last phrase.]

We need to make some sales, and the holidays are coming fast, so shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#TBT: Toys! And not-toys.

Photo copyright Aji, 2014;
all rights reserved.

All new at The NDN Silver Blog — both new and very, very old, actually — it's toys!  Fully functional toys, I might add, one that makes a great holiday for kids from 3 (okay, maybe 13) to 103. With all the appropriate cautions about eyes, of course.

This one was fun to write.  But today's featured items are both inexpensive and in very short supply — there are only three, so get 'em while you can.  Shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks, as always.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Little Jewels"

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.

Today at The NDN Silver Blog, it's little jewels, both literal and metaphorical: jewelry and its wearers, pint-sized. Nothing too long; just a brief meditation on the role of traditional jewelry for children in our cultures.

I know it seems early to say this; I'm nowhere near ready to begin thinking about the holidays myself. But since most of our clients tend to commission new custom pieces for holiday gifts rather than purchase from existing inventory, I need to remind folks to start thinking now about what they might want. It takes some time for him to design and create, and there's always a last-minute rush. (Every year, I invariably see very little of him during the day for the first three weeks of December, because he's working furiously in the studio to fill orders.) 

In the meantime, shares of the post itself, and of Wings's main page, are welcomed with our thanks. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Nevada Greens"

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.

It's still Turquoise Tuesday at The NDN Silver Blog, and today's entry is up at long last.

Actually, it's been up for a bit. Just as I posted it, I was summoned outside to help raise a section of fence. Yes, just the two of us, the old fashioned way, with a rope. It's chicken wire strung on widely spaced latillas, to keep the girls inside their range area. Over the last couple of weeks, Coyote has grabbed four of them — the last yesterday, in broad daylight, right in the open. The ravens and magpies tried to save her, but to no avail.

At any rate, i have a few minutes to spread the link around, so if you'd help with shares, we'd be grateful. It's an exploration of the Nevada Greens, and it's got some pretty cool imagery in it. Here's a link to the post itself, and here is Wings's main page.

Thanks.


Monday, October 13, 2014

On Indigenous People's Day, We Are #NotForSale

Photo copyright Aji, 2014; all rights reserved.
As promised, Wings's has issued a public statement today, choosing to speak on Indigenous People's Day to call for unity of spirit in action in  opposing appropriation and theft, and the ongoing cultural destruction inflicted by mascotry and minstrelsy, racism and redface.

Originally, he had planned to issue a broader message, but yesterday's events required him to revise a bit. It's now focused more pointedly on the issues outlined above. I should note here that his actions are not intended to penalize artists of the nations mentioned; indeed, every one of them has long since been paid in full for the art that we removed from inventory yesterday. But when Indian nations' leadership pursue deals for political ends that have the effect of selling our collective histories and present and selling out our children's future, he feels that he must use the one avenue open to him as a Native artist to apply pressure to such leaders to reverse course and conduct themselves with honor. His statement is intended to call on his fellow artists across Indian Country to join him.

It is also intended to support the work of #EONM, a Native women-led organization that works daily, tenaciously and tirelessly, to call attention to these ongoing wrongs and to right them through education. It is their shirt he wears in the photo above. I likewise wear the shirt, and support the work with my own voice and actions.

Photo copyright Wings, 2014; all rights reserved.
Please share his statement with all your networks.

Ta'a and chi miigwech from both of us.