Thursday, September 01, 2011

ALL THE WAY FROM KEYSTONE, SOUTH DAKOTA

 
I think this post sums up my adoration for all things Navajo. I really can't stay away. So much that my parents brought me home a 'replica' souvenir of a Native American medicine bag from their trip to Keystone, South Dakota. As Federal US Law prohibits the collection or sale of archaeological aritfacts, present day Native American Indians carefully handicraft these artifact replicas.

Here's a little information on Native American medicine bags:

"Medicine bags for either man or woman should be made from animal skin and contain power objects for healing. Each one varies in size and objects. Most contain claws, feathers, rocks, bones, and herbs. Whatever you need will come to you. Crystals and stones were also put in bags. Medicine bags today are used to increase ones own spirituality and sacred power." - Source: Crystal Buffalo

"Regardless of their material, Native American bags were often painted, beaded, or quilled with the characteristic tribal designs of the craftsperson (usually a woman) who made it--particularly if the bag was designed to hold something sacred, such as a medicine bag or tobacco bag, or was being made as regalia for a fiance, daughter or son. In recent centuries the great specificity of Indian bag design began to change, with the development of the catch-all "possible bag" that could be used to transport any of one's possessions. Today, both specific and possible bags are still being made and decorated by artists from many different tribes, and they continue to be a lively and practical part of native life, much more so than baskets or pottery (which are generally treated only as artwork these days). Since non-native women also like to carry a purse or handbag, Indian bags are commonly made as trade items today as well." - Source: Native Languages
 
Wearing: vest, knit and belt all vintage
Photos of myself taken by Kassandra Hernandez  |   All other photos taken by me



I hope everyone is getting through the week A-okay?! Who else is pleased to know that Spring has finally arrived or that Fall has shed it's first leaf....?

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14 comments :

  1. Great look, and I love the photos! Oh I am SO pleased that Spring has arrived.

    xx
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  2. ADORABLE!! love it :)

    xx

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  3. Great outfit, this vest is amazing, and I just love the necklace!!!

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  4. Those photos are beautiful. xo B

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  5. Gorgeous post, Lauren!
    I am in love with all things Navajo too!! The feathers, the prints and the earthy colours. So much love!

    xx

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  6. Loving all your Native American-inspired outfits of late!

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  7. I am love, love loving this! You look amazing, the lighting in these shots is to die for!

    -Laura xox
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  8. I love this !!!

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  9. Holy crap all the feathers in this post makes me want to turn myself into a bird.

    I, for one, am very excited for Spring. Not so much excited for the sweltering Summer that lies on the other side of Spring.

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  10. love the look!
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  11. Yet agaion navajo and tribal inspired prints working perfectly on you! Love the way you mix them with contrasting colours and textures. And especially the fact that you're actually into the mening behind peices like that bag; not just looking at dreamcatchers and such as purely as accessories. Hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend Lauren xo

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  12. the photographs are soooo gorgeous <333

    looove dreamcatcher a LOT!

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  13. you lucky girl!!!! your parents are so thoughtful. I want one!!! :P
    XXX

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