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It kind of makes me angry when people comment on posts about why it is wrong to appropriate Native American culture saying “Well I have Native blood and I don’t care about that stuff”…well, okay? You obviously don’t hold that part of yourself very closely because Natives that do take their culture seriously generally give a lot of fucks when they see Non-Natives wearing cheap knockoffs of things from their culture.

This triple strand long necklace is handcrafted using the traditional materials of the Northern California Indians. The long white shell is dentalium, a species found in the Pacific Ocean. Many tribes used dentalium shells as a form of currency or money. The Karuk name for these shells is Ira-ish-pook (Indian money), and they were a visible sign of the material wealth of the owner. These shells were strung and worn during ceremonial gatherings. Native people also continue to use dentalium in their regalia.

All of the natural world from the earthworm to the mammals, trees, specific geological formations (certain granite outcroppings, for example), sacred sites, mountains, creeks, the sun, the moon,even the mosquito, were once Ikxareeyav [spirit deity] People. … Wherever our ancestors looked or walked in the Karuk world, there was an Ikxareeyav associated with the place…

It is easy to overlook the sacredness of land nowadays, but it’s as foolish today as it would have been 150 years ago. It’s encouraging to know that our Ikxareeyavs rarely recede into oblivion. After all, are there not yet rattlesnakes? Or frogs, eels, mountains, creeks, trees, and sacred ceremonies? If you look closely enough you’ll see they are all Ikxareeyavs.

—  Julian Lang, Karuk linguist and artist, from Ararapikva, quoted in Cathedrals of the Spirit by T. C. McLuhan.
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SuWorhrom David Baldy (Hupa/Karuk/Yurok) talking about his work.

hair stick, David Two Sticks Arwood II (Karuk)

David is teaching his daughter Aurora how to make traditional Karuk jewelry; the proceeds from the pieces they sell will be used to help finance Aurora’s coming of age ceremony, the Flower Dance. This ceremony is particularly important as it is believed that the girl’s behavior during these days would influence her destiny throughout life. As part of the ceremony Aurora will make a traditional bark skirt and buckskin dress which will become part of her regalia collection.

Since the ATLA RP is beyond dead, I decided to go ahead and recycle Karuk into the Rising Storm group, derp derp. ‘Course, redesigned his outfit and some things, but he’s pretty much the same guy.

For groups I’ll be dropping out of Supers (since it’s next to dead imo) and Behind the Wall I’m semi-in… I still like RPing Asher, but the group itself isn’t going anywhere very much >:

Still staying in Pokemanz and Pokemon Contest of course.