Friday, February 17, 2017
I'm standing there guarding cattle. Psych!
Early powered thresher. The large pipe turned back over the machine
was turned out over open ground and discharged chaff from the threshing
Credit: Google Images
A steam engine driving the belts to power a thresher.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
As a bagpiper, I know first hand how much of an investment can
be made in regalia, and the care that is taken both in protecting and
showing one's pride in our cultural heritage. We can only begin to
appreciate the beauty, and more importantly, the hidden meaning of
In both of these, we can see not only the pride of heritage, but
the importance of passing that to the generations to come.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these. Please enlarge the images
on your computer to see the magnificent details.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Two Tribal Princesses, Ponca on left & Pawnee on right.
The Comanche Tribal Princess
The Apache Tribal Princess
A fancy dress dancing competitor. With the cell phone
in his right hand, it seems technology spans all cultures. I've added
a You Tube clip of a fancy dance competition. Watch the
intricate footwork, and note as the fatigue level increases, so does
the dancing tempo.
Father and son competitors.
"Drum" refers to both the instrument, and the gathering of ten drummers
and singers in the circle. This was the same drum performing here and
throughout the evening. When watching the video above, note that their
performance is so finely tuned that it seems only one drummer is playing.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Great news---for me anyhow. I finally got out paddling yesterday. I'll do a post on yesterday shortly. Today, however, while the warmer weather is great for many of us, I'm really feeling sorry for the birds. While out riding the bike, I had two large flocks of geese fly over, each with a count of a couple hundred, all headed due north. We're having weird April weather in February---60 and 70 degree days. The poor birds will suddenly find themselves several hundred miles too far north when the winter door slams shut on them again. Meanwhile, here's a few more of the pictures I promised.
This one is clear to see---the Cheyenne Tribal Princess.
Here's a young lady displaying some entrepreneurial skill. The shade
comes later, right now, it's the better to catch the candy with.
Again, their beading work is amazing.
This one I think takes a little justification on the girl's behalf.
The temperature was 100 degrees. Blanket or no, hop up on
the hood of a truck that has been sitting in the sun for a couple
hours, then crank up the engine, and stay there for two slow trips
through town, and while she still has her princess wave, I feel she's
totally justified in losing her princess smile.
Friday, February 3, 2017
It is popular in rural areas to celebrate the town's past with murals
on the sides of buildings. The quality of work by local artists on
rough brick and concrete is outstanding.
An afternoon cruise through town. What else should we see but
an Indian motorcycle.
The powwow starts with the parade.
The regalia are beautiful. I'll identify the
tribe where it's apparent.
The Arapaho Tribal Princess
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Credit: Dale Sanders
There have to be few that haven't heard of Dale Sanders and his Gray Beard adventures, but for those that haven't, here's a little update. I just returned from the post office with my copy of his movie (DVD or Blueray) on his trip down the Mississippi from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. He set several records, one being the oldest man at 80 to make the trip in one leg from source to sea. Regardless of my scheduled projects for the day, I had to shove it in the DVD player and watch it. It is very well done and worth having in your collection of films. Advance copies were sent out to those that participated in his Kickstarter, but they will shortly be available, along with T-shirts, on the Adventureitus Productions site. Keep an eye on their site for availability and ordering information. Meanwhile, you can view the movie trailer there. It is currently available for download purchase through Vimeo, also from this site. See http://www.adventureitusproductions.com/