Friday, March 29, 2013

Natural Necklace

I found a mixture of interesting natural shapes, textures, and colors and put them together in this regalia necklace.  I intentionally ignored pattern and repetition.  I could imagine a Native American doing something similar over his lifetime as he found interesting objects to add to his necklace.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Create Time

I made a couple more feather earrings for regalia.  Lunch time is turning into Create Time!

Raw materials.

In no time, I wired two feathers to two clips.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Regalia Earrings

In a  recent review of Cherokee regalia, I learned that Cherokee men wore several earrings along the top of the ear.  Cherokee women usually wore a single earring on the earlobe.

Here is my stab at making clip-on earrings from standard hobby store clips and small, decorative feathers.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Fellowship 2013

We had fantastic weather at the 2013 Spring Fellowship as our new Ordeal and Brotherhood members worked hard at Camp Rainey Mountain.

Mowogo Lodge ran 16 Ordeal clans (about 160 candidates) and had about 50 new Brotherhood members.

Here are some photos.  Enjoy!






Friday, March 15, 2013

Keeping It Real

"The Cherokee have never worn feather headdresses except to please tourists. These long headdresses were worn by Plains Indians and were made popular through Wild West shows and Hollywood movies. 

Cherokee men traditionally wore a feather or two tied at the crown of the head. In the early18th century, Cherokee men wore cotton trade shirts, loincloths, leggings, front-seam moccasins, finger-woven or beaded belts, multiple pierced earrings around the rim of the ear, and a blanket over one shoulder. 

At that time, Cherokee women wore mantles of leather or feathers, skirts of leather or woven mulberry bark, front-seam moccasins, and earrings pierced through the earlobe only. By the end of the 18th century, Cherokee men were dressing much like their white neighbors. 

Men were wearing shirts, pants, and trade coats, with a distinctly Cherokee turban. Women were wearing calico skirts, blouses, and shawls."

More here:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mocs in a Box

My latest regalia is a professionally manufactured pair of suede moccasins.  Sorry, I can't make everything by hand.  Don't judge.

Finger Weaving Closeup

I did some more finger weaving today, and I wanted to show the intricate pattern a little better.  I think this is a little more interesting than regular braiding (which I'm not really great at anyway, so there).

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Regalia - Finger Weaving

In making some of our OA regalia, we often braid strands of yarn to make a sash.  This time, instead of braiding, I did a finger weaving.  It took about 15 minutes to make several feet of woven yarn (and someone with more practice can probably go even faster).

The only ingredients are: yarn, a cutting tool, and fingers.
To see a video on finger weaving, just troll the internet.  It's easy.
After a few minutes, the weaving starts to take shape on the other side of my hand.
All done!

Upcoming OA Events March - May 2013

Here are some upcoming OA events:

Brothers, this reminder of upcoming events is brought to you by your VCC, Daniel Pierce

March 14 
Chapter officer(including OA Troop Reps) meeting at 7 PM at Snellville First Baptist Church - everyone is welcome to attend as we plan what we want to do this year.

March 15-17
Spring Fellowship at CRM, plan to stay through Sunday as requested from our                                             Lodge  Chief promises something specisal will be happening Sunday morning.

April 5-7
Georgia Indian Seminar & Service Day at Scoutland - hosted by Mowogo Lodge Indian Affairs. There will be a Brotherhood opportunity so if you are eligible please consider it.  Register on the Mowogo website.

April 18
Chapter Meeting 7 PM Snellville First Baptist Church

April 26-28
Conclave at Bert Adams Scout Reservation near Covington, Ga. Register on the Lodge website for this fantastic event

May 9
Chapter Meeting 7 PM Snellville First Baptist Church

May 17-19
PreCamp at CRM.  Another Brotherhood opportunity - take the plunge.  Please encourage the candidates that have not completed an ordeal weekend to attend and offer them a ride to the event.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Regalia - Native American Vest

I found a nice step-by-step photo essay that describes how to make a Native American style vest.  It was for a child's costume, but it can be scaled up for any size.  And better material will add to the authenticity.

Details here:

Cherokee Legend - The Nest Of The Tlä'nuwä


The Nest Of The Tlä'nuwä

On the north bank of Little Tennessee river, in a bend below the mouth of Citico creek, in Blount county, Tennessee, is a high cliff hanging over the water, and about half way up the face of the rock is a cave with two openings. The rock projects outward above the cave, so that the mouth can not be seen from above, and it seems impossible to reach the cave either from above or below. There are white streaks in the rock from the cave down to the water. The Cherokee call it Tlä'nuwâ'ï, "the place of the Tlä'nuwä," or great mythic hawk.

In the old time, away back soon after the creation, a pair of Tlä'nuwäs had their nest in this cave. The streaks in the rock were made by the droppings from the nest. They were immense birds, larger than any that live now, and very strong and savage. They were forever flying up and down the river, and used to come into the settlements and carry off dogs and even young children playing near the houses. No one could reach the nest to kill them, and when the people tried to shoot them the arrows only glanced off and were seized and carried away in the talons of the Tlä'nuwäs.

At last the people went to a great medicine man, who promised to help them. Some were afraid that if he failed to kill the Tlä'nuwäs they would take revenge on the people, but the medicine man said he could fix that. He made a long rope of linn bark, just as the Cherokee still do, with loops in it for his feet, and had the people let him down from the top of the cliff at a time when he knew that the old birds were away. When he came opposite the month of the cave he still could not reach it, because the rock above hung over, so he swung himself backward and forward several times until the rope swung near enough for him to pull himself into the cave with a hooked stick that he carried, which he managed to fasten in some bushes growing at the entrance. In the nest he found four young ones, and on the floor of the cave were the bones of all sorts of animals that had been carried there by the hawks. He pulled the young ones out of the nest and threw them over the cliff into the deep water below, where a great Uktena serpent that lived there finished them. Just then he saw the two old ones coming, and had hardly time to climb up again to the top of the rock before they reached the nest.

When they found the nest empty they were furious, and circled round and round in the air until they saw the snake put up its head from the water. Then they darted straight downward, and while one seized the snake in his talons and flew far up in the sky with it, his mate struck at it and bit off piece after piece until nothing was left. They were so high up that when the pieces fell they made holes in the rock, which are still to be seen there, at the place which we call "Where the Tlä'nuwä cut it up," opposite the mouth of Citico. Then the two Tlä'nuwäs circled up and up until they went out of sight, and they have never been seen since.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Crow and the Rabbit

I had a few minutes at lunch, and I "just so happened" to have my regalia craft kit in the car.  So, since idle hands are the devil's tools, I figured I'd make something using my fake crow feathers and some rabbit pelt.

This is my Crow and Rabbit talisman.  It reminds me of the old story...

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. 
A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" 
The crow answered: "Sure, why not." 
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. 
All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the Story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Crow and Rabbit Talisman

Monday, March 4, 2013

Indian Lore Camporee

The Lau-in-nih Chapter of Mowogo Lodge recently staffed the Sweetwater District's spring camporee.  The theme was Indian lore.  Participants were able to earn the entire Indian Lore merit badge in one day of freezing cold fun.  We also had a tap-out ceremony for newly elected candidates.

It says "This is my underwear."