Monday, June 26, 2017

We Cannot Be SEEN.

Chef Loretta Barrett Oden, Citizen Band Potawatomi

Chickasaw storyteller and actress Te Ata (Mary Frances Fisher) 1895-1995 created one woman shows about NDN dance, music & storytelling. Travelled widely performing hers & other NDN traditions for worldwide audiences.

Nez Perçé Chief Joseph said:

"We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets, that hereafter he will give ...every man a spirit home according to his deserts; If he has been a good man, he will have a good home; if he has been a bad man, he will have a bad home. This I believe, and all my people believe the same.
I am tired of talk that comes to nothing It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and all the broken promises. There has been too much talking by men who had no right to talk.
It does not require many words to speak the truth.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law.Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty."
You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented to be penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.
We are taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets: that hereafter he will give every man a spirit-home" 

Those words fell on deaf years, closed ears today. More than a hundred years later being Indian is just a novelty in popular culture, and Indians are invisible, identified by Hollywood standards, if any recognition comes our way. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories June 26, 2017  

Chief Joseph (on right) and his nephew - Nez Perçé - 1897


The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama

"You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on." -Tupac Shakur

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." -Oscar Wilde  

A Colored woman, by definition determined by blood quantum or culture? Is she a Native woman forced out of her people's lodges to be made white and wound up a Colored woman at the turn of the last century? Two profound questiona better appreciated and felt at the turn of the last century. A hundred years later the questions about identity center differently as evidenced by the calibre of woman in our faces daily. You answer the question definitely by the way you perceive self, whites, Colored folks, and understand this country! - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories June 26, 2017

FEAR within white folks!

Runa Lucienne simply lovely in a simple summer dress. 2016.

Muaaz Qureshi, whom I assume is Muslim said in response to the bikini clad body of former Playboy bunny, Runa Luisemme: “Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty ALLAH (God) to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. ALLAH (God) created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.”

The insight, the words are so close to the Bible! Are Islam and Christianity the same, or linked? If so, why do Americans not know this and behave as if there is no history between the U.S. and the radical extremists in the Middle East? Is there a base fear Europeans, and white Americans share they don't respond to truthfully, or are they ignorant of pasts, or beyond their past in their imaginations? - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories [6/25/17] 

Be One.

Lady in quiet.

A lady is invaluable to the tutor of girl's spirits.

A Lady in white dress, silk stockings wearing white pearl necklace in opulence.

elegant woman in white top.

Diane Sawyer, journalist.

Two Things to Ponder

Half Nakid

"Perfect beauty is something perfectly conveyed, or perceived beyond the measurements of most expectations." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories Nov. 16, 2016 

Ownership is a concept of possession. Knowing one's being is not possession, it is a sacred place you cannot possess, but own. - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 11.28.16

Something else, simplicity.

Kim Kardashian arriving at the Ganesvoort Hotel in NYC. in quite splendor June 26, 2014.

Judy Dent dress, Berlin 1962
Poise as poetry.

See beyond the obvious and look . . .

alternative model Rachelle Razor for Lucky Devil Pin Ups. (June 2016)

"absolute beauty in the water stands in the teachings of reciprocation."
Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories