Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Direcotory of Native American Artists

Need to know if that art work you have is authentic? Or looking for Authentic Native American Art work try this directory...

I must say after seeing some California Indian Baskets produced en mass in some European country, I'm a bit leery of folks who are looking for Native American baskets ... those CA baskets were not California Native made but were being sold at a local CA store, they were on the web properly labeled as non native, but they sure looked California Indian made....

So beware! Native Looking is not necessarily Native Made!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November is Native American Month!!

Read the full article....

If this doesn't make you vote, nothing will!!

History Lesson on Your Social Security Card Your Social Security

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed.[9]

An old Social Security card with the "NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION" message.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary,

No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program,

Now 7.65% on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,

No longer tax deductible

4..) That the money the participants put into the independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would
only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,

Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Under Clinton &Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put away' -- you may be interested in the following:

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Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratically controlled House and Senate.

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Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

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Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the 'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

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Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?


A: That's right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

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Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away! And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!

Actions speak louder than bumper stickers. And if none of the above ticks you off see below!!!

AND CONGRESS GIVES THEMSELVES 100% RETIREMENT FOR ONLY SERVING ONE TERM!!! Just think about it. After working 50 years or so SS recipients have to live on much less and congress gets their whopping big salary - for the rest of their lives!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cherokee Nation raises the bar on Southeastern Art Work!

Cherokee artists bringing back authentic tribal art
Senior Reporter

CATOOSA, Okla. – Some Cherokee artists who took part in the Cherokee Art Market Oct. 9-10 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa said their artwork now is more distinctively Cherokee compared to 15 to 20 years ago.

Painter and Cherokee Nation National Treasure Sam Watts Scott said when she began her career it was rare to see Southeastern art, which is what much of Cherokee art is modeled after.

“It was all Southwest or Plains. I think now we are becoming who we are as a people. I see a lot more of the Southeast symbols and the motifs in different artists’ pieces,” she said.

However, as Cherokees return to creating work based on Southeastern themes, their art is sometimes mistaken for Mayan art or Aztec, Watts Scott said.

“Actually, it gives me a good chance to educate them on the Southeast,” she said. “That’s part of who we were as Cherokee people. That’s our roots. That’s our culture.”

Watts Scott admits she started creating Plains-themed artwork, but grew into her cultural identity as she learned more about her Cherokee heritage. That’s when she began painting scenes representing her ancestors.

“Sometimes when you are not raised in your culture, it takes a while to get back to who you are. It’s been kind of a long road,” she said. “I’ve had to explain my art for years and years, but I think it’s worth it because it helps the general public learn who we are as a people.”

Her husband David Scott, also a National Treasure, uses gourds to create booger masks and other art. He said there have been growing pains to bring back authentic Cherokee art. He said he can take his Southeastern-themed art out of state and people don’t recognize it. Even area Cherokees are not familiar with Southeastern art, he said.

He said he believes Cherokee art is becoming more authentic because the CN is working hard to preserve the culture.

Lisa Rutherford, Cherokee Nation Entertainment archival curator, is part of that effort. She said when the CN builds a new clinic or casino it assigns the facility a specific theme, usually associated with a period in Cherokee history.

“I think a lot of the artists have been studying more. Artists are doing research better in order to get the themes assigned to each site,” she said.

Rutherford procures art for casinos or any new CN construction project.

“My job, when we have new construction, is to go find art for the facility and make sure it’s accurate historically and culturally, and of course, we want to support our Cherokee Nation citizens (artists),” she said.

The idea for assigning a theme to new casino or clinic and producing art to match that theme is to educate visitors and “show people what is real Cherokee art and what is not,” Rutherford said.
Cherokee beadwork artist Martha Berry said she has seen a parallel between the rise in interest for authentic Cherokee beadwork with the rise of the Internet.

“People became more interested in their genealogy and their heritage, and as they began to study, they began to have access to information and materials they didn’t have before,” she said. “I know with me, when I started researching this (beadwork), it was the photographs of the artifacts in the history books that made me realize there was a difference in the beadwork I had been used to seeing and what was actually Cherokee beadwork.”

Berry said when she began her research, all Indian beadwork looked like Plains beadwork because of Hollywood images and the regalia seen at powwows. She said she learned Plains beadwork because she thought she was learning what her ancestors did.

“It was a long trip amassing information before I figured that isn’t Cherokee,” she said.

However, David Scott believes more Cherokee artists will continue to create authentic art.

“You see a lot more people doing this kind of art,” he said. “It’s probably going to take several more years before people really understand this is part of us. We just continue to pick at it, and one of these days they’ll understand this art.” • (918) 207-3961

(WaaaaHoooooo!! (not a Cherokee word...:))

Thursday, July 08, 2010

It's not Indian if an Indian didn't produce it! They can call it just *ART*, why Indian Art?

Debate rages about who can create Cherokee-themed art

Senior Reporter

One constant issue in the Cherokee world is the debate about who has the right to create Indian art. Hardliners will tell you only Indian-card carrying Cherokees should make Cherokee-themed art. Moderates might say, “I’ll buy the art that pleases me the most or moves me.” Others don’t even know there’s a battle being waged in the Cherokee art world and buy art without considering the artist’s heritage. (I guess I'm a hardliner - I've bought so many Indian items over the years only to find out they were made in China and/or a Czech was selling them but boy they sure looked Indian...I ask and check now to make sure it's a legitimate Indian piece and the seller is being honest about it)

I know there’s a battle being waged because I have friends on both sides of the issue. On the surface I try to stay neutral, but in reality I can’t stay neutral because I love art, especially Cherokee-themed art.

I smile when I see paintings of little people riding a deer or a cleverly done booger mask. It makes me proud to be a part of a people who are so creative and artistic. Just go to the annual Trail of Tears Art Show in the spring or the Cherokee Homecoming Art Show in the fall and you’ll see. (oh, you must mean Roger Cain's mask's - personally I'd much rather have one of his masks - a true Cherokee Artist - than a mask that *looks Cherokee*)

Cherokee-themed artwork created by a non-Cherokee has also moved me. Although I am conflicted because a non-Cherokee artist created the art and the sale of that artwork may be diverting money from a Cherokee artist, I can’t help but like it, especially if it is authentic. As a co-worker says, “I like what I like.” (that's fine, but DON'T call it Indian or Cherokee)

What if a card-carrying Cherokee artist creates a painting and it is historically inaccurate? I have seen those paintings before and they make me cringe. On the other hand, what if a non-Indian artist paints a pieced that is so accurate you want to shake their hand? That is one of the dilemmas I have sometimes. I want to be loyal to the true Cherokee artist, but if they don’t take the time to get it right historically, how can I be? (Hmmm, something seriously wrong if a Cherokee creates an inaccurate theme - raised on White Man's history maybe? That makes it even more compelling for Cherokee's to educate their own - and if you've not been to the Cherokee History Class - coming to Tulsa soon - you're missing some really good history!)

I am sometimes invited to criticize a non-Indian artist who is making a living selling Indian artwork. But who am I to criticize them if their artwork moves people and it sells? They are likely working twice as hard to research their artwork to get it sold. Cherokee artists have cooperatives, the tribe’s gift shops and Indian-only art shows to help sell their arts and crafts, and I try to support them when I can. However, I have bought artwork and handmade crafts from non-Indian artists just because I liked it. (Non Indians can sell their art work but just not as Indian or Cherokee - most folks going into the Cherokee Gift Shop are looking for things made by an INDIAN - half of these purchasers don't know our history anyway - so they believe going into a Cherokee Gift Shop means an Indian made it - sorry there are just TOO many non Indians that can't even prove they have an Indian in the family much less what tribe they are from - but hey, they can make a few bucks calling themselves Indian - that devalues the REAL Indian Artists!)

These days, non-Indian artists are prevented from selling their art at most Indian-art competitions, so it is difficult to even have the opportunity to buy their art, which was the intent of the law passed. (Well, I'd say if you'd like to purchase non Indian Art Work, they should start their own co-op and sell it that way or have their own Art Shows or Gallery Showing if it's all that good, they shouldn't have any trouble finding buyers - look at the guy selling the Cherokee Stories he's got quite a market at; so in this day and age they don't need Art Shows or Galleries, just make and sell it on the web even.)

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is “a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the U.S.”

An individual violating the act the first time can face a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term or both. If a business violates the act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1 million.

With those kinds of penalties, few non-Indian artists would risk advertising themselves as Indian when they sell their art. (let's hope so, but they recently charged a man in AZ or NM with cloning, yes, cloning an Indian Artist's jewelry and selling it as the Real thing. Without this act, that would become even more pervasive by outsiders - did you know you can purchase coil baskets made in Europe that are cloned Indian Baskets - so that opens up another whole area of selling fake Indian Art Work! Most non Indians just don't tell folks they're not Indian or that they can't call their work Indian, they prey on the ignorance of the masses who believe they are purchasing Real Indian items and they just don't correct that misconception)

When I see a non-Indian’s artwork, I sometimes think about our history and how we once incorporated the knowledge we gained from other tribes. That knowledge included new ways of creating art or expressing one’s self. We are far removed from those days. Money talks now, and we put a lot of stock in who has a white or blue card. And if an Indian artist doesn’t look Indian and they are legitimately selling Indian art, they have to be prepared to produce those cards to prove they belong. (Hey, if I'm driving a car and get pulled over, I have to produce a drivers license to prove I'm qualified to drive it - proving ID is nothing new - and speaking of incorporated knowledge are you refering to the forced boarding schools or forced removal - that's forced incorporated knowledge - and even though tribes may have intermingled - they each retained their own identity. They never gave up who they were.)

>From my vantage point it gets tiresome sometimes listening to and being asked to help condemn non-Indian artists who try to get it right. The hacks who produce shoddy, dime store-type crafts and try to sell them as Indian art are to be condemned. But the “gatekeepers” of our tribe need to understand some of us like good Indian art soley because it is good, and we usually don’t have the inclination to do someone’s genealogy before we buy it. (that's fine - but some of us prefer Real Indian Art work....and most of the buying public has no other way to distinguish Indian Art work from non Indian Art work except if it's properly labeled) • (918) 207-3961

Thursday, July 01, 2010

IACA gets an enforcement boost

Title: Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2010
Sponsor: Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] (introduced 1/27/2009) Cosponsors (6)
Related Bills: S.151
Latest Major Action: 6/23/2010 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
House Reports: 111-397 Part 1
1/19/2010--Passed House amended. (There are 2 other summaries)

Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2010 - Amends the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to expand the authority of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to bring criminal and civil actions for offenses under such Act involving the sale of misrepresented Indian-produced goods or products. Authorizes: (1) any federal law enforcement officer to conduct an investigation of an alleged violation of this Act occurring within the jurisdiction of the United States; and (2) the Board to refer an alleged violation to any such officer (currently, only to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]) for investigation. Permits such an officer to investigate an alleged violation regardless of whether such officer receives such a referral from the Board.

Requires the findings of any investigation of an alleged violation to be submitted to a federal or state prosecuting authority or the Board. Authorizes the Board, upon receiving the findings of such an investigation, to: (1) recommend to the Attorney General that criminal proceedings be initiated (current law); (2) provide such support to the Attorney General relating to the criminal proceedings as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate; or (3) recommend, in lieu of or in addition to any such criminal proceeding, that the Attorney General initiate a civil action. Allows the Attorney General, an Indian tribe, an Indian, or an Indian arts and crafts organization to initiate a civil action under this Act.

Amends the federal criminal code to revise penalties for the sale of misrepresented Indian-produced goods and products.

for more info: Bill Info