Wednesday, October 31, 2012

52 Photos Project: Celebrate

I celebrated as I watched my son turn into a father.

Soon, we’ll celebrate again as Logan,
now a big boy of four, becomes a big brother.

Though Katie says the time has flown by during this pregnancy,
I'm sure she's anxious to meet the newest family member 
that's currently using her bladder as a trampoline.

Great-grandparents, grandparents, 
aunties and uncles, a host of cousins and Daisy the puppy 
will celebrate the new arrival.

I don't know if the furry felines will participate.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday: Polyvore Personal

I’ll admit it. I’m hooked on Polyvore.

I record images instead of words for my “morning pages.”

All aspects of my psyche are invited to show up and help.

I’ve been known to channel entities as diverse as 
Nick Bantock and Andy Warhol.

It’s just plain fun. A  “no mess, no supplies required” creative outlet.

Tuesday is kind of a blah day here at MeriMagic.

So I’m going to post one of my PV creations each week.

"Imprint" created on by @merimagic

If you’re a Polyvore player and you’ve got art sets 
to share with the world,
leave me a comment. I’ll set up a way to link your post here.

Am I like an addict that wants to get others hooked, or what?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sepia Saturday: A'aninin People

Edward S. Curtis was fascinated by native peoples and memorialized them in photographs taken as he traveled the American West in the early 1900s. One of the tribal groups whose images he captured was the A’aninin, the White Clay people as they called themselves. 

The people were also known as the Atsina or the Gros Ventres of the Prairie. They were a nomadic plains people who followed bison hers and generally were found between the Missouri and Saskatchewan Rivers. 

Like most plains groups, they lived in tepees and engaged in trade with other native groups. However, they had received guns and ammunition from the British, which gave them an advantage over many Plains bands like the Shoshone. Unfortunately, their choice of the Blackfoot nation as an enemy left their ranks depleted by war just as the western smallpox epidemic stuck. The combination decimated their numbers and as of the 1990 Census, there were only about 2800 known descendants of the tribe that.

The A’aninin spoke an Algonquian-related language and were related to the Arapaho, but they may have broken off from the Arapaho tribe as early as 1700. Their particular language was unusual because men and women used different pronunciations of the same words. Women used the “k” sound, while men used the “ty” or “ch” sound. Only a handful of elders speak the language today, and in reviving the language, only the male pronunciations were preserved.

They managed to avoid removal to Oklahoma, accepting a reservation in Montana shared by their allies, the Assiniboine people.

(All images reproduced are by Curtis from November 1908 and were retrieved from the Library of Congress photo collection.)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Theme Thursday: Cemeteries

After the families have finished their rituals,

then and only then,

visit the cemeteries In San Miguel Allende

in honor of Dia de los Muertos.

Bring some marigolds and celosia

to decorate the graves
where no one kept vigil.

And for your loved ones who've passed into the next world,

who've gone home,
create your own ofrenda.

Say prayers for them to the Virgin Mary

to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

to the Virgin of Guadalupe

or to whatever Divine Force you believe in.

And for yourself, for all time,

Dance and love -- like there’s no tomorrow.

Don't spill a single drop of JOY

Drink it all!

Beautiful Things

The theme this week for the 52 Photos Project is “On the Table.”

I went table hopping one day 

and found

lots to look at.

What's your pleasure?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Calaca Beauty

Beautiful Calaca.

Pink feathers
and the patina of age.

For more Calaca magic, visit Rebecca.