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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) !

Leonard Peltier Update

I received this e-mail this morning as I have long been a defender of Leonard Peltier. 




This man has endured much at the hands of our government. 

It is ironic that this comes just after most of us had huge celebrations of Independence yesterday. 

Freedom isn’t Free as we were reminded by our gusdi, Kicking Bear
….and for some, it is impossible.

Native American Beaded Earrings (Freedom For Leonard Peltier)
(My Free Leonard Earrings)

Transmitted on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense

Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness… justice for all.
These are the lofty ideals celebrated each year on the 4th of
July. The government often confuses the saying with the doing,
however… like in the case of Leonard Peltier.

On June 27, Leonard Peltier was removed from the general population
at USP-Lewisburg and placed in solitary confinement. We know this
was not done for Leonard’s protection. We also are certain that
Leonard has done nothing wrong. He should immediately be returned
to the prison’s general population.

Our concern is two-fold. First and foremost, Leonard must not
be railroaded by prison authorities as has happened in the past.
Second, Leonard’s age and health status are a concern. Leonard
suffers from diabetes and other health conditions. He must have
the means by which to monitor his blood sugar. He must receive
the proper diet. Leonard otherwise must continue to receive his
prescribed medications. He must immediately be returned to the
prison’s general population.

For more information on how you can help, please visit

This Independence Day, exercise your rights. Raise your voices.
Cry Freedom!

PO Box 7488
Fargo, ND 58106


Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

Are You Kidding Me?

Well, when you live long enough, you encounter all types of people.  I’ve lived long enough to know this to be true.  But, I continue to be amazed at people who take the precious time they allowed on earth to deal with issues/opinions that no one else cares about.  Perhaps they feel bigger in their attempt to make someone else feel smaller. 

Yesterday, I came to the computer to check on e-mails, convo’s, and other communications.  I was surprised and somewhat shocked at a convo I received from “bntlybent” on Etsy!  Later investigation shows that her name is Marjorie Latham and she is from Holyoke, MA.  This is the convo that I received:
Titled:  Are You Kidding Me

Are your kidding me? I can get a Native American Beaded Earrings better looking than what you have for under $3.00

Here are the earrings that she convo’d me from:
Native American Beaded Earrings (Red and Black)

These Native American beaded earrings are beaded with red seed beads and black bugle beads in brick stitch.
The end of the fringe is finished with a red beaded “flower”.

The style is traditional Native American. The beaded portion measures 3 3/4 inch long and 1/2 inch wide.

The surgical steel earwires add and additional 1/2 inch making the total drop 4 1/4 inches.

They are listed for $10.00.

Here is my response to her convo:

Then if you are need of beaded earrings…..I suggest that you get them from your source and if someone is making these for less than $3.00, they are either desperate and have no pride or regard for their art/craft or are 6 year olds in some undeveloped country.

Pride yourself in exploiting them….which ever they are.

Joni Stinson.

I have not received a response back from Ms.Latham.  Nor do I care to receive one.  There are not enough hours in my day to have time for people like her.    In fact, even writing this takes more time that she deserves.  So, this is more for your morning amusement than for anything else.   I thought you might like to see what crawls out from beneath the rocks from time to time.   I’m not kidding you! 

Feeding The Eagles

Yesterday, I tried several times to post this here on our blog.  Native Beads had sent me an e-mail with these incredible photographs and they were just too good not to share with our digusdi.  They were sent to her by a photographer friend.  So, here is another attempt!  I do hope it will work this time.

Feeding The Eagles:

January of this year, 2011, the weather stayed so cold in St. Louis, Missouri and Alton, Illinois that the bald eagles were cruising over houses in hopes of a quick meal. They could not access fish that were at the bottom of the river and had gathered together. 

Some kind souls decided to feed the eagles so they would survive the cold spell. They gathered fish and started feeding the group of eagles huddled on the shore.

The photos below show what happened. A retired teacher took these photos in front of his home. Incredible!



Feeding the Eagles!




 A beautiful morning feeding the eagles, Jan. 2011




Once the fish were thrown, the eagles did not seem to fear the good Samaritans and word spread fast! 



Eagles vying for the fish, January, 2011



No zoom lens used here!
The photographer was this close!







Here are the men who were feeding them.


So close!!
As you know, it was not too long ago that the American Bald Eagle was an endangered species.




Native, we do thank you for your tenacity in getting these incredible photos to us and sharing them!


These photos are incredible and so is the work of Native Beads.  To see her publications, her beadwork, her lotions and soaps, please visit:








Ancestorial Bones Follow Up

Since several of you remained concerned about the handling of the bones in the Etsy listing, I followed up with the seller.  I convo’d him/her to determine how the bones were handled since the item description was revised to say that they were returned to the earth.  Here are my convos:

Convo 1
I appreciate your response to my convo and I have shared it with those who were upset.

However, there is still great concern. To have them posted today and to now say they have been properly returned is a bit of a stretch. I think you should know that several individuals are thinking that this should be reported to the Federal authorities.
Perhaps this can be averted by your explaining to whom and how the bones were returned.

Joni Stinson

Convo 2
I just received this link and thought you might like to read it:

Joni Stinson

Here you will find two subsequent convos that I received from the seller.
Convo 1:
Just a quick note…we are a FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED MUSEUM. We incorporated in New Mexico and moved to Oregon for the space needed for the International Toy Fox Terrier Historical Society. We are registered with the Oregon Dept. of Justice. Museums can sell collections that are inappropriate to their purpose. It has cost a great deal of money to keep the collection together, transport it and store it. The collection belongs to the ITFTHS.

ITFTHS maintains a small museum, educates dog owners, rehabilitates dogs, trains owners and their dogs, provides emergency veterinary services for small indigent dogs and does breed specific rescue. And on those rare occasions when funds are available, sends money to help animals in U.S. disaster areas.

Convo 2:
The small bones were blessed with white corn meal and pinyon pollen, given turquoise gifts and six different colors of corn. They were wrapped in white buckskin and shipped to a friend in New Mexico, this afternoon, who will place them as close as possible to the site indicated in the map book. The individual who will attend to this is Dine-Zuni.
The small one has been treated repectfully since found among the many items in boxes and bags that were in storage. I was not aware the bones were in the collection until a few weks ago.
The photograph was not intended for release and the aide who changed the photos extends sincere apologies.
The guardian for this journey is a grandfather cougar who is returning home after more then 20 years. He was given to me during Shalako for protection and returns home now with honors and to watch over a new great-grandson.  The small one is well protected.
I am glad that I did the follow up on this matter and hope that everyone will feel better having received this additional information.


Ancestorial Remains

This morning there was quite a stir around our campfire!  An Etsy seller listed some Native American Artifacts including bones for sale.  As you would surely understand, we were all extremely upset.
I sent the seller this convo:
I just thought you should know that this listing has created a terrible stir in the Etsy Native American community. To participate in the selling of the bones of our ancients is deplorable. It may be acceptable in terms of legality, but I would think that anyone can see that it is morally reprehensible.

I doubt you would enjoy having your grandmother’s bones for sale here. I do hope that you will reconsider wanting to be associated with the sale of our ancestors’ bones.

Joni Stinson, Creek-Cherokee

The seller has responded.  Here is the response:
Thank you for that insight. The bones will be interred with proper ritual in accordance with the traditions of the region from which they came. They were part of the collection which I have listed on behalf of the ITFTHS and was not aware of their presence until the photos were taken..

My personal beliefs are eclectic and cremation is my personal choice… to return to the earth those elements which will nurture it.

However, I hope that returning the bones to the earth will satisfy the First Nation People of the Etsy community and you will express my apologies to them.


Subsequently, I received a convo from Kicking Bear.   He said, “I will be holding a special ceremony for the
remains during the new moon ceremony (friday night) and symbolically intern them with respect.
I did not want to jeopardize our thread as this would be “calling out”.  Please remember that we can use this blog to express things that are not allowed on Etsy.  I would be absolutely sick if our forum thread got closed by Etsy for Calling Out.  Should you see something you would like to make our members aware of, just convo me and I will put it on the blog.