Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tsimshian

Another great card arrived from Canada! This one features a contemporary wood carving made by Terry Star, entitled "Eagle with Frogs" (1992). Wood, paint and cedar. The artist is a member of the Tsimshian eagle clan and received training at the Royal British Columbia Museum, a prestigious learning site for carvers!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inuit bone sculpture

A wonderful Canadian Postcrosser drew my name/address and sent me this neat card of Inuit whalebone carvings from the Winnepeg Art Gallery. They are entitled Amayuqyuq and Qallupilluq, and made by Judas Ullulaq in 1996. Not quite sure what they represent...spirit beings perhaps?


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Germany

I received a postcard from Germany today featuring objects held in the collection of the Karl May Museum located in Radebeul. Germans have always been interested in Native American culture & arts, collecting ethnological objects from many tribes. This card features a Kiowa baby cradle, a woman's dress that may be Lakota and a mannequin wearing a bear claw necklace.
I like museum cards and always enjoy reading comments about their collections.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Burke Museum

A student went to Seattle over Spring Break and visited the Burke Museum. Happily she brought me 2 lovely postcards to add to my NW Coast collection!! The Burke is well known and highly regarded (but my student says they are building a larger complex): http://www.burkemuseum.org/

This card features a Killer Whale crest headdress of the Tlingit people made in the mid 1800s. It was collected in 1905 from Prince of Wales Island and is made from red cedar, sea lion teeth and features mirrors.

Another card shows a wooden rattle carved in the form of a grouse by a Makah artist also in the 1800s and acquired by the museum in 1915. The Smithsonian also has a number of rattles made using this bird form although I am unsure of its cultural meaning.


Natchez Trace

Bought a few cards to send away for Postcrossing (the international postcard exchange site) and picked up one for myself. My collection doesn't have many mound sites so this is a good addition and I will need to order a few more for friends who also enjoy this category. This multi image card celebrates the Natchez Trace, formerly a Native American trail running through Mississippi and Tennessee in Choctaw and Chickasaw territories.
Curiously the text describes Emerald Mound located northeast of Nashville, a Mississippian era site. However the photo appears to actually be Pharr Mounds, located northeast of Tupelo Mississippi on the Trace. This site dates before 200ad, Woodland period. Either way, its nice to have another postcard celebrating Southeastern mound building cultures!!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Cherokee baskets

Santa brought a set of tourist postcards showing the Eastern Cherokee in North Carolina. The photos are old, probably 1960s, but reproduced. Tourists can visit Oconaluftee, a re-enactment site where artists demonstrate traditional crafts etc. Like any tourist attraction it is likely pretty silly in places, but it may also inspire & educate kids. And there are genuine artists employed at such places....Southeastern native women have been making baskets for thousands of years but modern containers have made them art instead of utilitarian craft. Santa kindly brought me a basket as well, made by a Cherokee artist in Oklahoma. Thanks Mr Claus!!



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quimbaya

A wonderful card came today from friends in England...
A female gold figurine made by the Quimbaya civilization of Columbia, South America (approximately 600AD). Card text indicates this figurine is hollow and may have been used to hold lime (added to coca leaves). These objects were placed in burials and survived the Spanish treasure hunts. How this little object reached the British Museum is unknown. A fantastic addition to my South American indigenous cards!!