Day #119 – Samburu Beadwork

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts | 0 comments

Day #119 – Samburu Beadwork

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Day #100 – Tapestry

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #100 – Tapestry

Any tapestry consists of threads of many colors. The photo of this tapestry is made of separate photographs of what is considered sacred by someone. When a tapestry is woven with thread, the back of it looks haphazard with little hint of the beauty on the other side. When viewing this tapestry, lovingly constructed of a montage of photographs, you lose the beauty of the whole by focusing on one photo in isolation.  Yet, if that photo was not there, the tapestry itself would be different. This is true for the many events in one human life. One happening examined out of context of the whole...

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Day #91 – Jingle Dress Dance

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts | 0 comments

Day #91 – Jingle Dress Dance

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Day #77 – Dance

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts | 0 comments

Day #77 – Dance

I am in awe. The dancers’ feet shuffle and move in perfect coordination to the music. It used to sadden me that I had so little sense of rhythm. I had always said I could not dance. Then finally one day, a friend refused to accept my declaration any longer. She took me by my hands and made me close my eyes. “Feel the music in your body,” she softly implored. “Move with the music as it dances within you.” As I slowly abandoned my fears of ridicule for my ineptitude at dance, my body began to sway with the beat of the instruments. Soon my feet began to shuffle, and then to...

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Day #74 – Weaving

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts | 0 comments

Day #74 – Weaving

Her hands moved swiftly pushing and pulling the colored thread over and beneath the taunt vertical lines of yarn. I saw no pattern to guide her. Obviously, she held within her mind’s eye the image of what would become whole cloth holding the ancient design of her people. As I watched her arms fly about herself in that magical dance of creation, I wondered if the warp and woof of the threads preserved sacred memory of times long past. Her rhythmic movements seemed to transport her to a reality beyond the now. I’m not sure she was even aware of my presence. I was mesmerized as the...

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Day #73 – Huichol Bead Art

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts | 0 comments

Day #73 – Huichol Bead Art

For thousands of years, these descendents of the Aztecs have followed the age-old ways to communicate with the Spirits. The Huichol people of Central Mexico create works made with a time honored tradition taught to them by their elders. They use beads to create spiritual art. The beadwork – pieces of rare and exquisite beauty — are handmade with thousands of brilliant, colored beads pressed into beeswax which has been poured over a wooden mold. The display of beads is placed on the artwork in a pattern distinctive to each artist. Once left at places of power, the exquisite beadwork was...

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