“I saw your picture hangin’ on the back of my door Won’t give you my heart No one lives there anymore And we were lovers Now we can’t be friends Fascination ends Here we go again Cause it’s cold outside, when you coming home Cause it’s hot inside, isn’t that enough
I got a lot of mine from Green Earth, in the beginning, honestly. Haven’t had any issues with them.
I enjoy going to weekend farmer’s markets, they tend to have booths that carry them. I went to one just this past weekend and got amazing pieces of raw fluorite, raw tiger’s eye (I had never seen it before), and an awesomely shaped quartz point. I am in love.
There’s this amazing Rock Shop in a city a couple hours away from me. Like, seriously beyond words phenomenal. So many specimens, and so well priced. Like, ahhh~
I don’t tend to shop online too much, because I know it can be easy to not get exactly what you see on screen. There was one shop I found (that happened to be based out of my old city, so I got local pick-up and no shipping charges, woo!) and that one I really liked, but they were “closed” the last time I checked, and I’ll be damned if I know the name anymore, and I found them again! They were called [Coyote Rainbow] on Etsy, and I’ll have to see about getting my friend to pick some up from them for me some time. :D
Amethyst: - Amethyst is a calming stone, promoting balance, inner strength, stability, patience, and peace. The ancients believed it to be a “sobriety stone” assisting those recovering from addictions or destructive behaviour patterns. It is a stone of abundance and prosperity, so can be useful when facing legal or financial problems. A brilliant crystal for meditation, telepathy, lucid dreaming, past life regression, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and communication with angels. Amethyst protects during travel, against thieves, and from psychic attacks.
The Tribute of PreCure Character Designer, Akira Takahashi!
Back in 2013, Toei Animation refuse to use the sailor moon pose in DokiDoki Precure as part of tributing their classic series’ anniversary especially Suite Precure too, and now the designer bringing back of a new improve in SMC S3. so i make the comparison of the 4 Inner Senshins and the 4 Cures (except Cure Ace cuz it not yet appear of Sailor Uranus’s transformation) xD
Hey Steph! You've given me LOTS of great advice dealing with Native American ocs, so how about you talk about it some here~?
Hoof! Can try!
But, absolutely, I have to preface this with I am not a First Nations person. I am half Ibero-Hispanic, but this is not a culture I grew up in. I can do all of the research I can to my little heart’s desire, but the fact is that I will never be able to write a 100% authentically indigenous person. I could potentially get close! But that’s not my culture, I don’t belong to a tribe, I’m never going to know all of the ins and outs. But that said, I always try my hardest to respect the culture I am writing my character into, regardless of culture, but especially so for First Nations cultures, which already have a history of being erased, being portrayed inaccurately, and being portrayed offensively.
But in no order, here’s my tips:
Respect. First and foremost, treat these cultures with respect and understanding. Do not separate things into Us and Them, but We.
Understand that your character is not a representative of their entire culture. The burden of representation should not fall on this character’s shoulders. They are not here to serve as a tool of education. They are a person, first and foremost, who was raised within a First Nations culture. They should have their own points of view, opinions, and experiences. As with all cultures, maybe there’s parts of that culture your character agrees with. Maybe there’s parts they disagree with.
Don’t just use wikipedia. Find as many primary resources as possible–resources directly from First Nations people. Find articles written by First Nations peoples, see if the tribe has their own website, their own youtube channel, things like that. Read interviews and articles, go to First Nations periodicals.
Listen. Don’t pay lip service. Empathize and listen to what First Nations peoples have to say. Listen if someone of a tribe says “you’re doing this wrong.” Be ready to change something.
Understand that in researching different tribes, you are going to find a LOT of bogus websites. And some websites that seem legit but are written from a non-indigenous point of view. Indigenous tribes are a favorite for scammers and bullshit healers to steal from and then proclaim as their own. “Native American crystal healing cured my cancer!!!” and things like that.
Dreamcatchers are very much a heavily debated idea within many First Nations groups, especially as it has become one of the symbols of the Pan-Indian movement. Learn the history of dreamcatchers, how they have been used, and your character’s thoughts on them.
The same goes for a lot of common portrayals of Native Americans, like long hair and paint and so forth. You’re going to have a rainbow of different opinions–especially over different generations.
Don’t write what you don’t know. Really. This is incredibly important here. And understand that there may be things you will never be able to write about. Many tribes have elements that are prohibited to those not belonging to the tribe–even from other Native American tribes. And as an outsider, you will never be able to know about that or learn about it, and that’s just how things are. Respect that. Consider it much like an incredibly special, private family tradition that holds generations of importance for your family.
War bonnets are military regalia. Sacred military regalia. Having one is the same as having medals of honor. If you wouldn’t disrespect a soldier’s medals of honor, don’t disrespect the war bonnet.
You are going to need to do a LOT of research about reservations, if your character lived in one or has experience around them or people they know who live on the,. Especially there, find first-person experiences about living on them. Get ready for a lot of heart-ache.
Just buckle yourself the fuck in because you’re going to have mountains of research. Everywhere.
First Nations people are not a monolithic culture. There is no one “Native American culture.” There are 566 federally recognized tribes in the US alone. Minus federally unrecognized tribes, minus tribes of Canada and Mexico and many other countries. Every single one is unique.
Like I said, buckle the fuck in.
Just be ready to get something wrong, no matter how genuine your want is to create an accurate, sincere First Nations character. And sometimes people will get mad at you. Be ready for that, but also be ready to defend yourself–you WILL get non-indigenous peoples asking stupid questions like “why don’t they look more traditional???” and “shouldn’t they be such-and-such and this-and-that.” If you don’t think you can handle that, then don’t write a First Nations character.
Have fun? :’D But no really, it can be so much fun to find out these new things about these cultures and their histories, and if you’re big into anthropology, you will have a lot of fun breaking old ideas you had about these cultures and discovering the genuine experiences of First Nations peoples.