Posts Tagged ‘Indians

04
Nov
13

Photography: Lone Pine Tree Indian Village Barn

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I made an interesting discovery re Lone Pine Tree Village near The Dalles, Oregon. It involves, Wasco Indians, Shakers, religion, a church and a tolerant Henry Gulick….more to follow……

04
Aug
10

Eckman’s Native American Art

Sculptures of Native American scenes made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman.These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper, but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds.The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper.Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper pulp into clay molds and pressurize it to remove the water.

The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools.They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio, in South Dakota , America , and have racked up a whopping $3 million selling the works of art.

The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing. Allen said:  “We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans…

I work on the men and animals and Patty does the women and children” explains Allen.Allen explained their technique: “It should not be confused with paper Mache.  The two mediums are completely different.  I call what we do ‘cast paper sculpture’.””Some of them we create are life size and some we scale down to 1/6 life size.

17
Apr
09

Buster’s Book Review Made Me Think (Thunder Over the Ochoco by Gale Ontko)

 

Big Summit Prairie by Suzyfishn.

Shoshone Summer Grounds~Big Summit Prairie (Photo by Suzy Fishn)

Suzy Fishn Photo’s of Oregon (and beyond, beautiful wildflower work) 

Buster’s review of the Warm Springs’ Native American’s recollections reminded me of the series of books that I read a few years ago that I personally rate as one to the best historical perspectives of settlers and Indians in the NW..particularly in Central Oregon. Gale Ontko did an extraordinary job of researching the Shoshone nation and the other tribes and their relationships. If you know where Prineville, Mitchell, Canyon City, The Dalles are then get your maps out, buy the set of books and study away. You will be astounded and Paulina, Maupin, Big Summit Prairie and Battle Mountain will have new meanings. Seriously, if you love NW history get these books.  Ontko did not attribute victim status to the Native Americans. He honored their dignity and their savageness and their wisdom. You come to understand the hierarchical structure of the tribes from the Shoshone, the Blackfoot to the dare I say lowly Paiute. Excellent and well researched. Follow the Shoshone from their greatness at Mt. Pisgah to their sad downfall, living in teepees near Prineville and broken. NW Native American history was more than the Nez Perce and Chief Joseph.




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