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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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


REACTING in AMERICA




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



Moving Within...



Nadia Aboulhosn moving from New York city June 26, 2015.



"It's been a real 4 years NY and you've helped me reach great success but I'm a southern bred and I need to be re-inspired. I'm not sure what journey I'm on. I do know I need to be around fam and make memories with the people who matter most. I read a quote last month from Steve Jobs that said -- “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

I'm not fully happy here, maybe I won't be fully happy somewhere else but I do know this isn't for me anymore. I'm always trying to find new things out about myself and constantly grow. I'm ready to relearn and experience whatever next chapter this is of my life." - Nadia Aboulhosn, model  

La Force



Lanita Lola Lewis in prayer


Top of The Hill

If you don't see it
it does not mean
it's not there

maybe it's
something
out of the box

around the corner
out there
beyond what is

open your eyes
mind  heart  soul
let wisdom flow

it
begs
to be

you must come
to the top
of the hill

the view
is different
here

So - please
don't shackle me
 and tell me

I
am
free ...


Jayé Wood, author
'Strength of a Woman'


Pocking into misunderstanding is not knowing.



Shizuka Nakamura, a Japanese woman.  


Japanese woman conservatively dresses for reasons I am not privy to because the gap between cultures hold many secrets Japanese women, and Native men cannot traverse easily. Understanding, at best, comes after trouble thinking clearly.
- Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 9/14/16


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Oceans Apart, Shared Ancestors.



Gigi Dowell, DC based healer amongst women ...



Ghanaian-American woman, Ohemaa Nana‎ is a fashion model.




Playboy bunny, Runa Lucienne works now as a model, actress, and was on the 5th season of Project Runway as a contestant.  Photo taken June 23, 2017.


High supreme

Contention



"This Filipino at work said to me Filipino women is the finest women yea if a black man drop his seeds in her I told that fool no race on this Earth finer than the black seeds of a soul brother or sister if drops your seeds in her this what comes out y'all here do y'all agreed what's so crazy if we drop our seeds into any other race of women on earth our kids come out fine ass hell if you ugly or not most of the time lol they don't know ever color you see comes from black we made ever races here y'all our kids black is not a color it a essence." - Larry Mays6.25.16



When I have to read something like this more than twice to understand first the gist of it and then the meaning I am not reading something to respect or admire because it is written so badly. There is nothing to take pride in or place considerable thought into if at this point in our history a Black man cannot speak with a clear command of language with depth. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6.25.16





 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

from Mother's Milk


Jeneen Piccuirro to the left in long skirt with four friends making themselves into small people like the Borrowers!


Jeneen Piccuirro, these special moments make and are the substance of bonding, the creation of the subtle things that need to take place within the formation of childhood long before the circles of innocence expand into adulthood.

Play.

It is always play that instructs and introduces children to the deep constructs of self, and purpose in life. Without it innocence takes a beating, and the heart struggles to keep ticking its rhythms in alignment with the 'why' of existence.


- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
9.14.16


Jayne Mansfield and daughter Mariska Hargitay
dancing together !!!!

Natalia Vodianova breast feeding her baby.

Gigi Dowell and her daughter "changing the world through changing ourselves", she says.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Story of a Man: Jim Vance


Jim Vance, news anchor based in Washington DC.
One of the solid men of the city at the showing of the mural at
Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC, June 2017.



For a lot of Black men in Washington DC, Jim Vance has been looked up to for some unobvious reasons. He held his authority as a man, for starters! He is the direct descendent of the difference between being powerful, and having authority, and the how to be both was in his demeanor. 

A lot of cats stopped him in the streets to get a sense of how he overcame his addictions, and with a depth of feel to his way of assuring pain, he would easily probe with a story or two into what made the weak man before him wince with how truthful it is be a vulnerable in the public eye, and in private. 

He was respected during the controversy around Mayor Marion Barry's time period under fire in jail. Of all the journalists we watched Jim Vance. He never open his mouth to join the critiquing, and tearing down of the mayor-for-life! We looked in his eyes, probed deep into his demeanor and knew this man had substance worth talking about, and emulating. He modeled manhood for those who did not grow up with the examples; for men raised by women something drew their attention to the men around them raised by men, and saw the sharp contrasts without shame. Vance made something of himself, with his flaws, and shortcomings, to learn from himself, and share easily with others. 

In his presence, the lessons he learned he gave as Medicine gifts to the needy, those curious about themselves, and for those discovering ways around the deeper hindrances to fullness he made the impossibility of the odds against them surmountable! - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6/23/17  



Evil Overcomed.


"Restoration of the soul is more important. Success is tangible evidence of triumph by the work of the hands. It is the spirit of a man detractors are closely looking at. They want to see the shards their words left within you. What they cannot feed upon, or refute is a restored soul once busted, a character strengthened by Spirit!

That defeats an enemy." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6/23/17

Might've.



"Frances Fisher with Clint Eastwood who directed her in his film Unforgiven met on that set in the early 1990's ending in 1995. It was my chance, but at the time the set of circumstances of mine hindered that from happening." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 5/15/17

On the Town in Fame



Heidi Klum arrives to her party "Do Some Lingerie Shopping With Heidi Klum:
Ice Cream, Bra Fittings, & More At Macy's" in New York City on June 23, 2016.



Heidi Klum is seen leaving the Greenwich Hotel in New York City on June 24, 2016
 photo by Robert O'Neil





 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CALL: a Challenge to a Standard.


If your ready for your true colors to shine through and aren't afraid to let them show... Let us know...

For Your Eyes Boudoir Photography is searching for women to "Bare It All"

If you are interested in being considered to be part of an empowering experience and the "BARE IT ALL: SKIN" project, please answer this short questionnaire
- https://www.foryoureyesphoto.com/bare-it-all-about...


black woman embraced by white woman. photograph by For Your Eyes Boudoir. June 2017.
from the BARE IT ALL SKIN project.


"BARE IT ALL: SKIN" - Project Shoot Date - July 23

Beauty is diverse and more than skin deep. Do you feel the color of skin has made you stand out? Do you have a story to tell?

We are looking for women with all skin types, all colors and all nationalities. Women with pale skin to dark skin. Women with freckles for days or a large birthmark, even women with rare skin features like Vitiligo and Albinis.

**Photo shared as an example of the type of poses/images that might inspire the project. Not the work of For Your Eyes Boudoir Photography.


Joy to behold, understood and cherished!



White outfit a happy woman is wearing changes the dimensions of the cloth and the style becomes its own, not by design, but force of an essence unique to women. How this works is within the essence of feminine energies.
- Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 8.22.16




elegance of a woman wearing a Halter Top Mermaid Wedding Dress.




Connective textures


"Delicateness merits respect. Temptation is worth considering and being alone
with one's thoughts is a warrior's way of considering who he is to what is needed."
- Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 8.4.16


Medicine Wheel prayers to 4 Directions




"Celebrating sexual energies is normal. Being untutored in this area is normal.
The consequences can be damaging. . ."
- Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 4.21.16





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Loss, sorry and conquered.


"... for one moment they appeared as they were. The next moment they were fading into the distant memories of a nation making progress away from what they'd done to a people." - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories [2017]

Southern Ute men at Ignacio, Colorado. Isaac Cloud, Edward Cloud, Tony Buck, Andy Frost and John Kiebler, 1911.

Ute man, Dick Charlie (l.) and a Negro man, 1880.


Ute mother with her two children, 1895.


an American Business story.


Children are the same the world over. They exude love expecting its return.


What is Child Labor?

Child labor is work that harms children or keeps them from attending school. Around the world and in the U. S., growing gaps between rich and poor in recent decades have forced millions of young children out of school and into work. The International Labor Organization estimates that 215 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 currently work under conditions that are considered illegal, hazardous, or extremely exploitative.

Underage children work at all sorts of jobs around the world, usually because they and their families are extremely poor. Large numbers of children work in commercial agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, mining, and domestic service. Some children work in illicit activities like the drug trade and prostitution or other traumatic activities such as serving as soldiers. - Sonny Red Cloud  


Child in labor.


Marilyn MONROE, a story of



Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene



Marilyn Monroe in bed naked, reading.

Marilyn Monroe in black dress!!!!

















Marilyn Monroe, 1952: "I drove to the outskirts of Los Angeles, where she lived in a two-room apartment. What impressed me in the living room was the obvious striving for self-improvement. I saw a photograph of Eleanora Duse and a multitude of books that I did not expect to find there, like the works of Dostoevsky, Freud, the history of Fabian socialism, etc. On the floor were two barbells." - Philippe Halsman

Marilyn Monroe's exquisite beauty was a joy and wonderment.