Saturday, October 7, 2017

Peace and Friendship Award

I was honored by my State ( Washington ) with the "Peace and Friendship" award for some of the work I have done the past 30 years.  Yes - They still award them.  Quite a high honor to say the least.  Not quite something I am used to getting.   So many people to Thank as well for this. 

So…I guess I come by this Peace Bling honestly :-)   Kind of like wearing your rodeo trophy buckle to town….right ?  

Time to get back to work.   So much more to do. 


Monday, July 31, 2017


Very honored to announce a few positive mentions.   This just came out today in the Santa Fean magazine,  and will be available during the antiquities markets and Indian market in Santa Fe!  Woot!  

I also am very honored to announce,  I was awarded a artist research fellowship to the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum,  University of Washington.   I will be doing my work along with several Yakama Tribal members,  studying the vast collection of Plateau material at the museum.  Very Excited to start this in the fall.

I also am very humbled to announce,  I was awarded the "Peace and Fellowship" medal and award last Thursday from the Washington State Historical Society.   The award ceremony will be in September.  

Its been a good time lately :-) 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


These featured items are artworks which I made over 20 years ago for a very discriminating collector of historic Native artwork.  He had me make these,  to "Fill In" areas of his collection where the items he envisioned owning were not available to buy,  or have become so cost prohibitive that it was a impossible dream ( in the case of the war shirts featured - Originals now sell for over a half million dollars or more ).  Total attention to detail was paramount,  so that they are undetectable as being new artworks against the historic items in his collection.  As he said "They played well with others".   He is now downsizing and retiring,  and has asked me to offer them up for sale as his representative.    So now is the time for those who have asked me  especially about war shirts to acquire one,  as I am no longer making them and exploring new directions with my work.   

To make shirts like this,  means using materials like historically correctly skinned and brain tanned Mt. Sheep hides.  They are next to impossible to get now,  partly due to introduced diseases (Lungworm ) which have severely harmed wild mt. sheep herds.   I also used all antique saved list stroud cloth ( now selling for over $1,000 a yard IF one can find it ) along with very good,   antique Italian beads on all items.  No detail ( like aging the sinew ) was overlooked,  as this collector knew his material and how it was made.  

These items were commissioned by the collector as original artworks and not as commodified reproductions.  All are original designs and expressions of historic art styles.  So only serious inquires please.  Click photos to enlarge them for viewing. 

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Quill Wrapped Horse Hair War Shirt -  Brain tanned Mt. Sheep hides,  buffalo hide,  sinew sewn porcupine quills,  antique Italian beads,  antique saved list cloth,  horse hair,  trade paint.  

Quill Wrapped Horse Hair Youth Sized Shirt - Impossible to find,  brain tanned baby Mt. Sheep hides, buffalo hide,  sinew sewn natural dyed porcupine quills,  antique square weave trade cloth,  antique Italian seed beads.  

Rifle case - Antique brain tanned elk hide ( collected on the Nez Perce' reservation ) made in one piece like the originals ( not added fringe ),  antique sinew sewn Italian seed beads,  antique trade cloth.   

Lumpwood society sash - Antique otter hide,  brain tanned buffalo leather,  antique Italian seed beads,  antique saved list trade cloth,  antique silk ribbon and ermine skin fringe.  

Quill Wrapped Horse Hair Mt. Lion Skin quiver ( With antique bow and arrows ).   Made from antique  old brain tanned Mt. lion hide ( perviously a saddle blanket ),  Old saved list trade cloth,  sinew sewn quillwork,  antique Italian Seed beads.  

Rump Drape - Made from OLD saddle drape,  using old,  antique trade cloth,  antique Italian seed beads,  antique brass bells.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

A'aninin Style Moccasins.

Just finished this pair of moccasins for a friends daughters graduation from collage.  So please don't copy or reproduce them without family consent.   Just not how things are done in Indian Country!  

She will be wearing these during her walk to get her diploma.   It is always a high honor to be asked to make items which will end up being family treasures :-)  And a well known historic family as well. 

I beaded these in 100% antique Italian seed beads on lightly smoked brain tan hide.   The soles are traditional rawhide soles.   

I put a tall wrap top on them,  which was worn more by women.  These are stuffed with polyfoam - so when worn they won't look like the wearer had "Cankles".   

And now for some well deserved R & R.   My horse needs me. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017


I just finished this pair of Southern Plains style tall top moccasins.  They have been a idea I have had rattling around in my brain for some time,  but I never seem to get the opportunity to do much open  work ( as most of my work is spoken for as I make it ).   

These were made using lightly smoked,  brain tanned hide which I had stored about 20 years ago.  I painted them with trade pigments,  and beaded them using 13/0 Czech cut beads and 24K Gold 13/0 cut beads.   The buttons are Czech glass buttons.  

The soles are rawhide,  and I constructed them like classic Southern Plains moccasins are made,  using a welt when I sewed on the sole.  

I had also purchased the glass buttons some time ago, and knew when I first saw them what I wanted to make with them.  

The backs of the moccasins.   I wanted these to feel "Happy" and whimsical.  And I find more and more my work taking a environmental theme,  and these and some other work which I will be making soon will deal with protecting the water.   Dragonfly's to me,  are all about water.  


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

YAKAMA DRESS RESTORATION ( And a few other Plateau dresses )

I finally took a little time to restore one of the old pieces from my collection,  that I never seem to be able to get to.   The saying the carpenter has no house,  or the cobbler is barefoot often rings so true in my life.  Always busy,  but seldom on my own items.  

This dress I bought out of California.  It had belonged to a woman who used it to show Appaloosa horses in the 1950's,  although they thought the dress was "Some California Tribe"  

I knew it was clearly a Yakama dress ( Outside chance of perhaps Nez Perce' )  but certainly a Plateau Dress,  probably made around 1900 to perhaps 1920 at the latest.  

It took years for me to finally find enough basket beads for the fringes,  as they have not been made or reproduced since this dress was made.   A hard to find bead,  especially in the quantities I needed.  

I am very happy how it came out,  and can't wait to wear it,  perhaps this summer.    Glad its back home in its original state and I promise it will be well loved and taken care of.  

Here is another dress,  I made from scratch.   All antique Italian beads,  and all those elk teeth are real.   I had at the time about 300 pair of them.   Wished I still had all those teeth!   I would love a real tooth dress for myself.  

Detail of the dress.  

Another Plateau style dress I made.  I used shells on this one.   And its a bit "Brigher" in the photograph than it appears in real life,  as I had lightly aged it.   

And anther dress I made from scratch,  which I own and wear.   A pony beaded style one,  made from brain tanned Mt. Sheep hides,  and the drops are elk tooth drops.   I think I used 3 or 4 antelope hides just for the fringe,  which I doubled and cut very thin like you see on the old dresses.  

Glad this project is done.  Now onto new works.