TheMythicWest

Companions and curiosities procured in the West.

68 Sales

TheMythicWest

Companions and curiosities procured in the West.

68 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(32)

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Last updated on Nov 18, 2015

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Roy Arthur Blodgett

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Roy Arthur Blodgett

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5 out of 5 stars
(32)
Ron Segal

Ron Segal on Nov 17, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

A tremendous bandana. Great seller and very helpful in answering my question. Very honest store owner. Please check them out thaks Ron

lizhooper

lizhooper on Oct 18, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful vintage bracelet, as described. Great service!

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About

A shop driven by the mythology and cultures of the West...

"One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope."
- Wallace Stegner

Where did it begin?

The Mythic West was first and foremost born out of necessity. After a long history of distrusting formal education alongside an irreconcilable and insatiable eagerness to learn outside it, in the Summer of 2015, through a series of chance encounters I was led to an alternative school that seemed to reconcile many of my apprehensions. It was the first time I had seen a curriculum that seemed to nurture the sort of responsibility and way of life I feel is desperately needed in these times. A desire to attend soon followed, and it wasn't long before I had applied and enrolled. The struggle then became devising a way to actually pay for it.

So, in consideration of my gifts and what I have to offer, my eye for quality and passion for the American West and its many cultures came to mind. It is my intention to offer curiosities, talismans, and useful goods found or made here in my homeland, with special consideration for lasting quality, usability, and intention. Many of these things come from my own personal use in the past, or are akin to items I use and enjoy on a daily basis, and each offering is selected with love in mind.

"Things made with wakened hands, and put soft life into
are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing
for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
warm still with the life of the forgotten who made them."
- D.H. Lawrence (with a few small edits by myself)

There are many ways in which I want to serve the concentric rings of community I inhabit, and there are many better ways than spending my life trying to earn money in this way. For that reason, I can't say how long the Mythic West will last, whether or not I'll be able to continue once I've earned enough for my tuition, or how it might change over time - but I will say that I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity and privilege to make this happen. I hope I'm able to spread some joy and understanding, and encourage some connections with this little platform of cyberspace. And I thank you for participating!


<< A Note About Cultural Appropriation >>

Some of the items I offer through the Mythic West were made long ago by the People of the First Nations of the Americas, and all credit for the artistry, craftspersonship, and symbolism of such pieces goes to the individuals who made them and their cultures. As a a white male and an ally to Indigenous cultures that have long endured the oppression of the invader industrial growth society, it is with thoughtful consideration of my privilege and an eagerness for understanding that I have decided to offer such items for sale. This means many things - it means that I must learn as much as I can about these creations to encourage increased understanding for the intended purpose and symbolism of each piece - and it means I encourage every buyer to do at least as much. These pieces are not so much embellishments for home decor or accessories for wear, they are useful companions and talismans with intention and symbolism extending much deeper than their aboveground appearances.

It is also important to state that, although many of these pieces were originally created as articles of trade for currency and goods within the early 20th Century to meet the demands of white tourism in the Southwest, this simple fact stands as an example of imperialism and oppression as there were no existing cultural values placed upon the governmental currency of the United States until after the occupation of tribal lands and the systems of industrial growth society were imposed upon the Indigenous peoples of the southwest. The creation and sale of many of these pieces became one way for Indigenous peoples to survive in a hostile cultural climate. It is activist poetry that the symbols and meanings of many such creations are often in direct opposition to the values of the oppressors, and each is a testament to the indefatigable spirit of resistance demonstrated by the Indigenous Nations of the Americas.

Should anyone encounter any offense stemming from any of the items offered or the information provided about them, please don't hesitate to contact me using the contact form on Etsy or directly at themythicwest [!at] gmail.com.

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  • Roy Arthur Blodgett

    Owner, Curator

    Born and raised in the lowlands of Santa Rosa, California, where he still resides, Roy commits as much time as he can to scrambling around the hills and creekbeds of his native bioregion, reading, writing, and enjoying the company of friends.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 1, 2015
In my shop, I hope to offer clothing, companion objects, and accoutrements that encourage a greater reverence and understanding of the American West and its diverse cultures.

At this intersection in history, making even the simplest purchases can be discouraging. For many, so much of what we have been taught encourages us to consume, often at a rate that is neither sustainable or satisfying. On top of that, it's too easy to lose sight of value, as the quality of consumer goods steadily declines, and our standards of quality follow suit. Fortunately enough, there are people remaining that still value quality over quantity, that still purchase second-hand and soulful when possible, that still choose durable over disposable - and this shop might rightfully appeal to them.

Most of what I offer falls into the category of something that I would wear or use myself. A lot of it is vintage, and/or domestically sourced. All of it is made painstakingly by women or men with wakened hands. All of it is hand-selected and falls in line with the ideals of craftsmanship and intention I uphold for myself. No exceptions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I prefer payment via Paypal or direct checkout. If you have an alternative form of payment in mind, please contact me by e-mail so we can discuss it.

If you're interested in purchasing an item, but find the price prohibitive, feel free to make me a reasonable offer and I'll see what I can do.

I expect payment within 48 hours of purchase. If I don't receive payment within 48 hours, I will send the customer an e-mail reminder. If the customer does not respond to the reminder within 24 hours, I will cancel the order, and the item will be re-listed.
Shipping
All of my merchandise ships to the address given in the Etsy checkout, unless otherwise instructed. If you'd like the item shipped to a different address, please notify me immediately after purchase.

I ship worldwide every weekday (Monday through Friday), barring rare occasions when I'm unable to get to the post office, in which circumstances I would ship the following weekday. Should there be any uncharacteristic delays in shipping, I won't hesitate to announce it.

As for packages that get lost in the mail, I understand the frustration it can cause, but there is little I can do aside from offering a refund after a stated period of time. Luckily enough, this is a rare occurrence (which I have not experienced thus far), and nothing to fret about.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is my hope that everyone that purchases from me finds the item(s) to meet or exceed expectations. However, in the case that you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me immediately upon receipt to discuss it, and we'll ultimately find a way to make it right.

Please note that all of my items are vintage (unless otherwise stated) and will show a degree of wear. In most cases, this just adds to the character of the item, but I make it my business to inspect each item personally and disclose any serious imperfections in the item description. If something slips by me that you can't tolerate, get in touch with me via e-mail to reach a mutual resolution.

As all of my clothing items are used, I highly recommend washing them before wear.
Additional policies and FAQs
<< A Note About Cultural Appropriation >>

Some of the items I offer through the Mythic West were made long ago by First Nations, Native, American Indian, or Indigenous cultures, and all credit for the artistry, craftspersonship, and symbolism of such pieces goes to the individuals who made them and their cultures. As a a white male and an ally to Indigenous cultures that have long endured the oppression of industrial growth society, it is with thoughtful consideration of my privilege and an eagerness for understanding that I have decided to offer such items for sale. This means many things - it means that I must learn as much as I can about these creations to encourage increased understanding for the intended purpose and symbolism of each piece - and it means I encourage every buyer to do at least as much. These pieces are not so much embellishments for home decor or accessories for wear, they are useful companions and talismans with intention and symbolism extending much deeper than their aboveground appearances.

It is also important to state that, although many of these pieces were originally created as articles of trade for currency and goods within the early 20th Century to meet the demands of industrial growth society, this simple fact stands as an example of imperialism and oppression as there were no existing cultural values placed upon the governmental currency of the United States until after the occupation of tribal lands and the systems of industrial growth society were imposed upon the Native peoples of the southwest. The creation and sale of many of these pieces became one way for Native peoples to survive in a hostile cultural climate. It is activist poetry that the symbols and meanings of many such creations are often in direct opposition to the values of the oppressors, and each is a testament to the indefatigable spirit of resistance demonstrated by the Native peoples of the Americas.