Thanks for your interest in Crazy Crow Trading
Post, we believe you will find this publication useful in many ways
regarding Native American Indian & American Mountain Man crafts, culture,
events, news and products.
In this issue for September 2002:
* September Powwows & Rendezvous
* Crow Calls
September/October Sales & Features Flier online
* Focus on Crafts:
Moccasins - Article & Links
* Meet a Cheyenne Moccasin Maker
Making Your Own Custom-Fitted Moccasins
* Missouri River Moccasin
* Featured Website: Broad Cloth
* New Pendleton Blanket
for 2002 - Banded Strip
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September Powwows & Rendezvous
full detail (location, contacts, event detail, event web site, etc.),
click the link at the end of the listings to go to powwow & rendezvous
event pages on the Crazy Crow website.
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12th Annual Keepers of the Circle Powwow, Rotterdam.Junction, NY
7-8: Grand Valley American Indian Lodge 41st Annual Traditional Pow Wow,
Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 13-14: 3rd Annual Trail of Tears Powwow, De
Sep 13-15: 14th Annual Northern Cherokee Homecoming & Pow
Wow, Clinton, MO
Sep 14-15: 10th Annual Four Winds Powwow, Killeen,
Sep 20-22: Rossville Powwow, Rossville, GA
Sep 20-22: Mahkato
Wacipi, Mankato, MN
Sep 28-29: Adrian 'Lest Our Children Forget'
Contest Powwow, Adrian, MI
Sep 21-22: Mountain in the Sky Pow Wow,
Sep 27-29: 3rd Annual Tonto Apahce Tribal Pow Wow,
Sep 28-29: Sounds of Thunder Powwow, Fredonia, AZ
Sep 6-8: Elk River Rendezvous,
Sep 7-8: 20th Annual Fort Hill Ramrods Rendezvous,
Sep 21-22: Fort Belle Fontaine Historic Encampment and
Black Powder Shoot, On the banks of the Missouri River at the mouth of
Sep 20-22: Goose Creek Rendezvous, Harris,
Sep 21-29: 26th Annual NRLHF / NMLRA Eastern Primitive Rendezvous,
Lancaster Cty, PA
Sep 27-29: Fall Rendezvous - Eagle Valley
Muzleloaders, Carson City, NV
Sep 27-29: Duck Creek Muzzleloaders
Fall Family Rendezvous, Independence, Kansas
Sep 27-29: B.S.A.
Three Rivers Council, Spindletop District, Lewis and Clark Adventure
Camporee, Silsbee, TX
Sep 28-29: Pioneer Days At the Boone Home,
Sep 28-29: 23rd Annual Heritage Days on the Goshen
Trail, Godfrey, IL
Events: Powwows & Rendezvous complete detail &
September/October Crow Calls Sale & Features
8-page, full-color flyer - Introducing new and
seasonal items, and offering many popular items on
New items include: Pendleton Jacktets,
Pendleton Bags, Jingle Dress Video, Italian Wool Camp Blanket, Hand-Forged
Scissors. Note: Pendleton Jackets & Bags are due toward the end of
September - we offer them now so you can reserve yours
Sale items include: Shawl Fringe Spools,
Bustle Kits, Economy Bone Hairpipe, Bone & Horn Tubes, Shell Discs, Cowrie
Shells, 11/0 Czech Charlotte Beads, Greek Leather Thong, Imported
Beadwork, Engraved Brass Sleigh Bells, Small Flint Arrowheads, Botanicals,
Bamboo Flutes, Punch Tin Lanterns, Tobacco Twists, Powder Paint, Sweat
Lodge Drums, 8-Sided Drum Frames, and more.
New Crow Calls Flyer
CRAFT FOCUS - NEW WEBSITE
Beginning any craft project, especially if it is
your first time working on a particular item, requires some patience - and
* Is your craftwork representative of contemporary
design, or do you have a particular 'period' in mind?
* Will your
project reflect some general 'Native American' look, or is there a
specific tribal design to be achieved?
* Do you have instructions on
the materials needed and assembly techniques required?
purpose of Crazy Crow Trading Post's Craft Focus pages is to
provide a starting point in your research, to save you time and improve
your chances of finding the information and materials you need to do it
right the first time.
September Craft Theme:
No matter how you spell moccasin, one thing is for
sure, no Native American or Mountain Man attire is complete without them
(maybe that's two things).
This is our second eNews edition,
and our first Craft Focus page. Our plan is to grow an online archive of
information that will continue to expand, even on past issues, as more
resources are made available on the Web.
We Report, You
Decide . . .
. . . as a popular cable new channel likes to say.
The first section of these Craft Focus pages will be online links and
resources. These are not stale, broken links, but the result of intense,
current searches. That doesn't mean we found everything that is relevant,
but we sure tried! In many cases, we deliver you to websites that may
point you to one of our competitors. In other cases, we will send you to a
site that recommends a competitor (usually because, heaven forbid, they
don't know about us). Our point is to give you the best information we can
so that when all is said and done, you can decide what you need and where
to get it.
This is a new and evolving process, and your
comments, corrections and contributions are welcomed. Do you have some
great craft tips to pass along, digital photos to share, an online
resource we've missed? If so please email them to us at: email@example.com.
Craft Focus: Moccasins Web
Meet a Cheyenne Moccasin Maker
Circle Videos looked a long time to find the right moccasin maker to
create the beautiful Cheyenne style moccasins for their "How to Make
Moccasins" video. They were pleased to have found a master of this craft -
Annabelle Medicinechips (Cheyenne/Caddo).
When she was eight,
her mother and grandmother taught her to make little bags and purses.
"They used to let me bead with their scraps". To learn to bead lanes,
"they'd make marks on there I could follow". By the age of 15, she was
making moccasins on her own and hasn't stopped since. Even while working
full-time as a nurse for BIA for 18 years, she kept creating. "At night,
after my work was done, I'd drag my beadwork out. I enjoy it."
Now that Annabelle is retired, she can work late into the
night at her kitchen table, listening to Indian music. She recommends that
beginners add only a lane or two of beadwork to their first few pairs of
moccasins before they attempt a fully-beaded pair.
concerned that so few Cheyenne young people are learning this traditional
craft. "I'm afraid it might become a lost art".
Full Circle Videos © 2001.
Making your own Custom-Fit Moccasins: Craft Video
dancing or relaxing, there's nothing like the feel of high quality leather
moccasins- custom fit to your foot size. And tiny tots never look cuter
than when they have a pair of "baby mocs" on.
If you thought
making a pair of moccasins would be too complicated, our 30 minute video,
"How to Make Moccasins" makes it easy. Co-Producer Sandy Rhoades says,
"Before this video, it was difficult to find out exactly how to make
moccasins. For the first time, this tape brings together the best of "how
to" from dozens of different craft articles and craftspeople".
This "how to" program introduces you to the Plains Hard Sole
moccasin style. In the beginners project section, you are shown how to
draw a pattern for your exact foot size, select the right kind and weight
of leather, cut out the leather and sew it together. This basic low-cut
design can be adapted to both men's and women's styles - and for high-top
boots, such as ladies boots and the Mountain Man Rendezvous look. There
are also tips for creating a pair for infants and young children.
Close-up shots of historic Plains tribes moccasins from the
Gilcrease Museum show intricate construction and beadwork details. Viewers
can learn to distinguish the variety of moccasins worn by Plains peoples
in this segment.
Two nationally known moccasin makers share
tips on construction and technique.
(Cheyenne/Caddo) show the centuries old way to sew with an awl and animal
sinew - how leather and beads were held in place before the introduction
of needle and thread. Mike Kostelnik has studied moccasin making for more
than 30 years. He shows a way to prevent leather from tearing along cut
An instruction sheet includes a list of materials and
tips on how to draw custom-fit moccasin patterns.
video, good quality materials, careful attention to measurement and a
couple of evenings, a custom-made pair of moccasins can be yours.
Item 4080-002-033 VHS Format
Other Videos available at Crazy Crow (Crazy Crow Online
Catalog at Google)
Missouri River Patterns - Moccasins - Child & Adult
great companion to our "how-to" video that has additional tips, Crazy
Crow's Missouri River Patterns provide typical beadwork layouts for
uppers, pointers on cutting fringe and attaching tin cones. Illustrated
instructions include helpful hints on assembly and show correct decoration
for several tribal styles.
Item 4799-500-206 Child's Size
Item 4799-500-010 Adult's Sizes (women 5-10, men
$7.95 each, $7.50 each (3 or more)
Check out all
27 patterns (including our High-Top Moccasin)! Each includes
easy-to-follow instructions, detailed illustrations & photos for expert
and novice alike.
Missouri River Patterns (Crazy Crow Online Catalog at
Featured Website: Wool Trade
inspiration for this unique research project & website was found among the
variety of wool trade cloths in collection at the National Museum of the
American Indian. Trade cloths were European produced wool textiles traded
to American Indians during the fur trade era. Native Americans commonly
exchanged fur pelts to European traders for wool cloth. Native people used
the cloth to create and embellish diverse objects such as garments,
ceremonial dress, blankets, shields, and quivers. Wool cloth garments
replaced many traditional hide garments because they were warm,
lightweight and easy to care for.
Cloth was highly significant
to Native Americans, and as such they actively influenced its style and
production. The finished selvedge edges of the cloths were of utmost
importance to some Americans Indians, who incorporated them as a design
element. Contemporary reproductions of trade cloth are produced and worn
by Native Americans today.
For this project, 30-50 objects
were selected from the NMAI collection. These objects were meant to
exemplify a cross-section of the variety of trade cloths in the collection
and to represent a diverse tribal distribution. The images used highlight
the beauty of the objects, the incorporation of non-Native materials, and
the creativity of Native peoples.
The selected images can be
sorted and viewed in several categories, such as by tribe or selvedge
type. Information is provided on: Where to Find, Contemporary Trade Cloth,
Textile Terminology Glossary & Bibliographies. Articles on trade cloth in
the Fur Trade, and European Cloth Production are being
From its glossary or related terms, to the history and
images from the HMAI collection, you will certainly find this an
unexpected source of valuable information on this widely used
Wool Trade Cloth
New from Pendleton for 2002 - Banded Stripe
with the Saquaro and the Nez Perce, this unnapped blanket is reminiscent
of the early 20th century blankets in the Pendleton® archives. This
blanket is a part of the Heritage Collection and is new for
Rounded corners, unnapped. 82% pure wool, 18% spun cotton
warp, dry clean, Made in USA. Olive background color.
Size 64" x
80" 3710-494-740 ............ $155.00
Pendleton Woolen Mills - Closeouts & Featured
Catalog 19 - Released August 1, 2002 - Do You Have
entire full-color 104-page catalog of American Indian & Mountain Man
crafts, craft supplies and craft kits has been updated, both in print, and
online at Google Catalogs.
Order your new catalog today -
complete the online form using the link below.
Catalog 19 - Order
Finally, thanks again for letting us share
our newsletter with you. We continue to develop our website, as the new
page and upcoming series 'Focus on Crafts' shows, and will continue to
provide information of value to our customers.
If you have
comments, suggestions, items or articles, please email them to us.
--The Team at Crazy Crow Trading