Looking Forward To 2016!


This poor blog has been badly neglected!  For that I apologize.

Our team has grown from nothing except a desire to promote National Native American Month 6 years ago to a membership of 1687 as of today That is amazing!

During the past year my participation has fallen woefully short due to my husband’s passing.  Except for our Team Leaders, we might have vanished.  But they kept the fire burning and for that I am very grateful.

I want to start the new year by reviving the excitement of our team, re-kindle enthusiasm, and by emphasizing our stated goal with action.

Members can help by:

  1. Participate in our monthly chat thread.  That is the best way for us to get to know one another better.
  2. Share your new work on the thread and in the forum.
  3. Convo me if you have an idea for a blog feature.
  4. Suggest promotion ideas and activities.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year to each of you.  Together we can create success in 2016!  I look forward to it.

Joni Stinson (Saguu), Team Captain







Members in ArtFire Collections

While our Native American Forum Team is an Etsy team, many of our members also sell on Art Fire. Several are featured in this Art Fire Collection curated by cleasbeadwork. Cleasbeadwork also has an Etsy store. Her name is Cynthia Nemeth and she is a member of our team on Etsy.


Cynthia is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She says, “I am a homemaker and mother of four, I learned beadwork from my grandmother and passed this tradition on to my children. I started selling my beaded creations to help make ends meet. I love to create designs that are patterned after nature and native traditions that came from my grandmother, my favorites are Beaded Butterflies and Butterfly Fairies. I love to mix materials to create one of a kind pieces and to create collections such as Butterflies. I love to create custom pieces. Both of my Grandmothers taught me to stay true to my style of art.
Here is an example of Cynthia’s work:

One Tribal Dream catcher Earring Ear Wrap with Nacozari Turquoise in The Native Inspired Tribal Boho Hippi Hipster Style

To purchase this beautiful earring cuff or to see more of her work, please go to:
Thanks Cynthia for promoting our work on ArtFire!

Just A Mom? by Eva Glazebrook AKA Claydancer

A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk ‘s office,
was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.
She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

“What I mean is, ” explained the recorder,
“do you have a job or are you just a .?”
“Of course I have a job,” snapped the woman.
“I’m a Mom.”

“We don’t list ‘Mom’ as an occupation,
‘housewife’ covers it,”
Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself
in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
“Official Interrogator” or “Town Registrar.”

“What is your occupation?” she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
“I’m a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.”

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

“Might I ask,” said the clerk with new interest,
“just what you do in your field?”

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
“I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers
and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.”

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more
distinguished and indispensable to mankind than “just another Mom.”

What a glorious career!
Especially when there’s a title on the door.

Does this make grandmothers
“Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations”
And great grandmothers
“Executive Senior Research Associates?”
I think so!!!
I also think it makes Aunts ”
Associate Research Assistants.

Eva Glazebrook is a long time member of the Native American Forum Team on Etsy.  She hails from Dracut, MA and in her profile she states, “The rhythm of life and the energy it invokes have always been a celebratory part of all the art I create. I know that I take tremendous pleasure in creating art that moves and dances with the energy that surrounds it. This rhythm is continuous, neverending. It tells the tale of birth, growth and changing form. It’s the stuff of life.

And here is some of her “stuff”.

Medicine Plate

Medicine Plate

Pinched Stoneware Kitchen Prep Bowls Set of 3

To see more of Eva’s wonderful work or to purchase these items, please visit her at:


Thanks Eva for sharing this article, for your continued support of our team and for being a cherished gusdi (cousin in Cherokee) !

A New Home For Our Blog!

Without much notice our previous blog site has been discontinued.  However, I spent a good portion of this day learning, downloading, uploading (and perhaps cursing) to retrieve all of the posts and getting them here.  I think they are all front and center! 

The blog was originally started prior to our being an official Etsy Team.  Its main purpose was to capture the Wednesday Night Story Hour as we had no other way to do it.  Thus you were guaranteed at least one blog post per week.  With our migration to becoming a team, we were able to capture the Wednesday Night Story Hour right on our team discussions site and store them there.  As a result, posts have been random and/or not at all.

For the older members of the team, there are nostalgic posts in our archives.  Several of our original team are with us only in spirit now and some have left the team…but their essence remains in some of the posts. 

I would like to encourage all of members to help me better utilize this space.  Write a blog feature and send it to me at naforum22@aol.com .  I will be happy to publish it here. 


AKA jstinson, Team Captain

Let me know what you think about the format and design.  I had to select from a limited variety of the “free” options for the style.  But if you don’t like it, let me know why and I’ll see what I can do about it.

New Campaign to Free Leonard Peltier


Supporters, Friends, Family, LPDOC Chapters;

In prayer to the 4 Directions, the LPDOC of the U.S. and Canada have joined together in setting off on a new campaign to fight for the Freedom of Leonard Peltier.

It is in the air, you can feel it. It is palpable. The energy is building, we feel it too.
This time something is different.

For almost 40 years now, people from all over the world have worked to set Leonard free. His gratitude is endless, his heart is swollen with pride in the people.

At this time, U.S. President Barack Obama is the sole human being with the power to grant Leonard his freedom. It is up to US to demand Leonard’s freedom.
We believe the President will listen to his people. It is, after all, what he has been elected to do; to listen to the people of the United States, and indeed, the entire world.

We are asking for something special. We want you to HAND-write a letter or postcard, putting your voice, your prayer, your demand in physical evidence form. The Electric petition medium has not proven very successful, for Leonard, and in some ways seems easier to ignore.

Let’s go old school. Pen to Paper.

These letters will be held in repository until 2014, when they will be hand-delivered in a visual and physical representation of our demands,through a very special LPDOC event.
Many MANY boxes of letters will be fed down a line of elders, community leaders, political figures, celebrities and indeed many of you, our tireless supporters, for all the world and media to see.

It is our belief that the sheer quantity of physical evidence representing our demand cannot be ignored.

The people demand justice for Leonard. The people demand his freedom.
Any other outcome would be an outrage and a blemish on the history of our nation.

We call to ALL peoples in ALL 4 Directions to hand-write your demand.

Be a part of the Fight 4 Freedom- put your pen to paper, have a letter writing party!
Let your voices be a part of a choir so loud, the whole world (but especially Barack Obama) can hear.

Send your letters to:

Letters 4 Leonard
P.O. Box 4444
Trego, MT

Canada Letters go to:

Box 5064
Victoria BC V8R 6N3



If you would like to know more about Leonard Peltier or purchase items for his fund, go to:


Native American Twelve Days of Christmas

I can find no specific tribe associated with this Native American version of The Twelve Days Of Christmas. I did read one account that it possibly could have been written by a Missionary for the Huron as a way for them to remember his Christian teachings in a way they could better relate to.  I think it is beautiful and wanted to share it with you:

Gather my children. I have a song to teach you. It will help you remember the sacred things of our Grandfather, the reasons that He came to walk our land as he was clothed in Red Dirt. Remember the things He accomplished for us, among us, and through us. Remember, that all the ways we have walked before pointed us to this moment, when we humble humans are able to walk as sons and daughters of the Most Holy One. 

On the First day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… an Eagle sitting on a cedar tree. (The eagle climbs the highest and takes our prayers to the highest places. The eagle is Jesus who was able also to climb to the Sky World.)

Bald Eagle Portrait Native American Totem Animal Digital Print 8 x 8 Giclee



On the second day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… two wise owls. (The owls represent both death and sacred messages from the Holy places. They also represent the Old Testament and the New Testament that brought transformation and mercy.)


On the third day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… three sacred drums. (Drums beat out the sound of Mother Earth as we pray to the Grandfather. When you hear them beat, remember the Word creating the earth and the heavens.)

Spirit Of The Bear Hand Drum -with Bear Claws and Knuckle Bones - Native American


On the fourth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… four talking feathers. (The feathers remind us that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were given the talking feather by the Grandfather to tell His story to all of us.)

Large Black Smudge Feather - Dance Feather - 15 inches with handle


On the fifth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… five prayer bundles. (Remember that the Law of Nature is still to be followed, and we humbly submit to it as we offer our prayers.)

White thunder medicine bag


On the sixth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… six hawks a laying. (We celebrate the creation of Mother Earth. We thank Grandfather for giving us life. We often use the feathers of this creature to smudge ourselves in preparation of our prayer time.)

Leather Red Tailed Hawk Earrings - Hand Tooled and Tinted


On the seventh day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… seven stones for my sweat lodge. (Remember the gifts of the Great Spirit are seven fold. We learn how to walk in these gifts through our awe and love of Him as we pray in our lodges.)

Spiny Oyster turquoise pendant necklace earrings set


On the eighth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… eight great buffalo. (To remember the beatitudes – the teachings of Jesus. The buffalo represent His provision for our health and our existence. He blessed the people, the meek, those who weep, and the poor.)

White Buffalo Sculpture Original Bison Figurine


On the ninth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… nine precious elders. (As we sit at the feet of our elders we hear how we can walk in the path of the Great Spirit. Our Elders have always taught these truths; we did not know that they were the same truths taught by the talking leaves that the white men have brought to us.)

New Moon Blessings, Native American Inspired , Oil painting on Canvas, Elders, Wishing, Autumn ,New Cycle , Thanksgiving , Blessings



On the tenth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… ten eagle dancers. (The eagle dancers sacrifice for the people during the Sun Dance. Our dancers dance to protect the people and to keep the people in a state of wholeness. The eagle dancers represent the ten commandments which were given to keep the people whole.)

ca1960 postcard, Dancers At Indian City, U.S.A.


On the eleventh day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… eleven braids of sweet grass sage. (As we light it and send the smell of sweet grass to the Sky Nation, it invites those who dwell in the realm of the Grandfather to enter our world and help us. We remember the faithful disciples who stood ready to do His will and work.)

Native Sweet grass Tray 15 1/2" by 15 1/2"


On the twelfth day of Christmas, Grandfather gave to me… twelve drummers singing. (The sacred drums cannot help us to pray if they do not have four drummers each to beat out the heartbeat of Mother Earth to the Great Spirit. When our people are on the drum, we call it singing, we call it praying. We know it to be much more than just drumming.)

Pow Wow Drum (6x9 original)

Sold: www.vanfkeetstreetdesign.etsy.com


Farewell Brother

Today great sorrow surrounds our campfire.  We have lost the physical presence of one who has given us so much.  Fortunately for us, we still have our personal memories, our archived postings full of humor, knowledge, and wisdom.  Some have pieces of his wonderful art. 
He served his tribe, his family, our TIB, and our country.  We salute you brother.
You will be missed.  Rest in Peace.