Fall Feast 2017
We don’t yet have a lot of RSVPs for the joint Districts 1 and 2 Fall Feast, which will take place on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11. I hope we will have the great turnout as we have had in past years!
Please join Roy Slavin, me and our families for what will be a great family day. The postcard invitation is reprinted with this column. You can attend even if you didn’t get a postcard! We will need RSVPs by Nov. 4, but if you forget to RSVP you should come anyway (we might not have craft materials for you, though). We will have special crafts and gifts for children. There also will be special recognition for veterans in attendance.
This weekend Bob and Karen Richey from District 2 and I will be planning and testing out the craft that we’ll undertake with teens and adults who attend — working with parfleche to make either an envelope to hold medicines or other valuables or a knife sheath. Parfleche is rawhide that can be folded, laced and painted to create a sturdy and colorful container. You can find a variety of parfleche items in the National Museum of the American Indian’s online collection at nmai.si.edu/searchcollections.
Rock Your Mocs
Please join me in wearing your mkesinen (moccasins in Potawatomi) on Nov. 15 to celebrate our heritage and show everyone that we’re still here! The Rock Your Mocs movement started in 2010 by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. It has become internationally recognized as a way for we native people to celebrate and honor indigenous cultures. If you do wear your mkesinen, please post a photo of you wearing them to the private Citizen Potawatomi Nation Facebook page, which Lyle Simmons of District 2 moderates. As in past years, Lyle will award a prize for the photo that receives the most “likes” from Potawatomi participating in that group. (There are close to 4,000 members!)
I’ve posted to evamaricarney.com (under the Heritage tab) links to Potawatomi Lakota Pochedley’s how-to video for making our traditional pucker-toe mkesinen. I also added a link to Lyle Simmons’ photo-illustrated instructions for making this type of mkesinen. To access them, the password is “potawatomi heritage,” (two words, no caps.) I’ve found that the best place for high-quality elk leather for mkesinen and good sinew is Centralia Fur & Hide, furandhide.com. (My brother Dave Carney introduced me to Centralia; he avoids shipping costs by driving to the retail store in Washington State.)
Health care information
Speaking of my website, it was recently updated with current information about Indian Health Services-provided facilities on the Eastern seaboard and about our CPN Health (including Behavioral Health) Services. Please take a look at the information when you get the chance. It’s always available at evamariecarney.com, under the Services tab. Please let me know if you see anything posted that needs correction or if you have additional information about services that I don’t include on the site.
Have you joined my email list? I send a few emails per month, at most. In addition to reading the Hownikan and visiting our potawatomi.org website, receiving District 2 emails will keep you connected and informed. Just send me an email to get added.
I periodically also update my website with items of interest, and I maintain a calendar of events there, so please visit it (potawatomi.org) from time to time. Please also consider joining our District 2 Facebook page, if you are a user of Facebook. (Contact me for details on joining.) We are approaching 200 members! You also are very welcome to call or write me with any questions, concerns or news.
Kind regards and bama pi (until later),