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Right now it's just me, a somewhat eccentric, animal-loving art nerd who likes making things just because.

Though I make some native-inspired crafts, I myself am NOT native, and I doubt any of my pieces are anywhere near authentic in appearance. A note on the dreamcatchers since, unlike the other crafts which have some crossover in various types of paganism and other animistic religions, Ojibwa and Lakota are the only traditions I'm currently aware of that made them: I was taught to make them by a member of the local Native Peoples Awareness Coalition when I was in college. So while the end result may not be traditional, the technique I use (supposedly) is. I find the process somewhat relaxing, really, so I just kept on making them. If you want real native crafts, however, there are a TON of actual native crafters on this site - I highly recommend checking them out. I have a handful…

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  • Born on August 6
  • Joined January 10, 2010

Favorite materials

fur, feathers, wood, glass, bone, stone

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Handmade Artwork and Crafts

About

Right now it's just me, a somewhat eccentric, animal-loving art nerd who likes making things just because.

Though I make some native-inspired crafts, I myself am NOT native, and I doubt any of my pieces are anywhere near authentic in appearance. A note on the dreamcatchers since, unlike the other crafts which have some crossover in various types of paganism and other animistic religions, Ojibwa and Lakota are the only traditions I'm currently aware of that made them: I was taught to make them by a member of the local Native Peoples Awareness Coalition when I was in college. So while the end result may not be traditional, the technique I use (supposedly) is. I find the process somewhat relaxing, really, so I just kept on making them. If you want real native crafts, however, there are a TON of actual native crafters on this site - I highly recommend checking them out. I have a handful in my favorites.

Regarding the use of animal parts in my work: I believe both plants and animals feel pain, though they express it in different ways. No matter what I do, I must kill something to survive, plant or animal. I therefore focus my efforts more on the prevention of prolonged suffering than on the prevention of death. I also do not believe in killing without reason. That which is killed should be treated with the proper respect, and as much as possible should be used so that the life is not wasted. You will often see me use scrap furs and bone, not only because they are easier to come by without breaking the bank, but also because I like to give new life to those little pieces that might otherwise be thrown away.

Treat it well in life, do not prolong the pain of its death, and do not waste that which is taken. That, in the end, is all we can truly ask for.

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