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Growing up, I never really knew I was Native American. I was raised as a Christian. I was just born to craft. As long as I can remember, I have always been gifted with making things.I would paint ceramics, jewelry making, crochet, make soaps, candles, floral arrangements, and wood working.
In the 80's there wasn't any instructions or kits on how to make dream catchers, in South Carolina. Not to my knowledge. A friend of mine, Gale, who lived in Texas use to make and sell the beautiful dream catchers and other Native American Crafts. I asked her if she would show me how to make a dream catcher. She told me she would when I came to visit with her one day. 2 weeks after that conversation on the phone, my friend went into the hospital. She then passed away 10 days later of cancer. She never got the chance to show me how to make a dream catcher.
Her family gave me all of her Native craft supplies…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 7
  • Joined January 15, 2009

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LEATHER, FEATHERS, BEADS, CERAMICS, paints, jewelry, silver, felt, stones, herbs, shells, pewter, flowers

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Growing up, I never really knew I was Native American. I was raised as a Christian. I was just born to craft. As long as I can remember, I have always been gifted with making things.I would paint ceramics, jewelry making, crochet, make soaps, candles, floral arrangements, and wood working.
In the 80's there wasn't any instructions or kits on how to make dream catchers, in South Carolina. Not to my knowledge. A friend of mine, Gale, who lived in Texas use to make and sell the beautiful dream catchers and other Native American Crafts. I asked her if she would show me how to make a dream catcher. She told me she would when I came to visit with her one day. 2 weeks after that conversation on the phone, my friend went into the hospital. She then passed away 10 days later of cancer. She never got the chance to show me how to make a dream catcher.
Her family gave me all of her Native craft supplies. I had no idea what I was going to do with all of her leather, beads, and feathers. Then about a month later, I sat down in the middle of my living room floor with all of my friends crafts supplies;and I began to make a perfect dream catcher. I was shocked when I saw the finished piece.
It is in her honor that I still to this day make the Native crafts. She never had the opportunity to show me in person how to make a dream catcher but in spirit, she kept her promise. Through her promise a whole new world opened up to me. I searched my history and in 1995, I was accepted into a small tribe, The Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina. I made my Native crafts and went before council to be judged. I was then granted a certificate of compliance which gave me the honor of selling my crafts as American Indian made. In May 2009, I was given another certificate as a Native American artist. About 20 years later, I married Gale's only son, Paul Ruby and moved to Beeville, Texas.
Unfortunately, there are 2 things I am not skilled with. Typing and taking pictures. One day, maybe I will master these skills.
My mom, Edith, never was into crafts but she loved to sew. Mom use to make all kinds of clothing. Mom learned she has Glaucoma and her eye sight is failing. She has had surgeries to try to save her eye sight but she is slowly loosing the battle. Mom has discovered that she is really good at designing jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and a few accessories. She designs the jewelry and I finish the pieces for her by putting the ends on for her or snipping the knots for her. This is the part she can not see to do herself. She has also learned how to make a few other crafts, like the wash cloth animals. Those she can make all by herself. My mom lives with me now and she will design her jewelry while I work on my crafts.

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