OCTOBER COPY OF MINUTES TO NOVEMBER MEETING
American Indian Warriors Association meets the first Wednesday of the
month at 6:30 pm.
Bayside Community Center www.baysidecc.org
2202 Comstock St, San Diego, CA 92111
Indian Warrior Association
October 3, 2012
Enjoying the Pizza
pie feast and attending the meeting is Larry Butch Strickland,
Joaquin Sandoval, VA minority rep. Barbra Pepi, Juan del Rio, Karin
and Violet DeCrane, also AIWA President, William Buchanan and Roy Cook.
The business of
the American Indian Warriors Association of Oct. 3, 2012 was called
to order at 7:02 pm by AIWA President William Buchanan.
He welcomed Barbra
Pepi, VA hospital Minority Representative, to the meeting. She brought
in goodies for the members and news from the La Jolla VA hospital.
1. Violet Decranes
class will be going to Washington DC and needed a bit of help to make
the trip. AIWA support was M/S/P.
2. William B. reported
on volunteer presentations at the Sailor and old Soldiers home in Chula
Vista. He also distributed a newsletter from the Great Lakes area and
an article on Cecilia Firethunder. Joaquin had William produce copies
of Indian Warriors songs for distribution. Larry said the newsletter
increased his longing for his reservation on the Great Lakes.
3. Roy C. presented
on the regalia craft classes at the AIWA meeting. Lane stitch bead decoration
is the first project: Lane stitch is not difficult, it just takes time
and patience to do it right. Take care in spacing rows, and be patient
enough to take out mistakes. But, the actual time spent beading is only
half the time needed. An equal amount of time should be spent on research.
If you are really serious about producing several items for Sioux dance
clothes or for one item, at least read the references cited in this
article, examine photos and actual collections. As mentioned above,
there is a "Sioux style" of definite colors and geometric
design elements--get familiar with it. Examine items to determine design
placement, size, direction of lanes, etc. Learn what items were beaded
in the lazy stitch style.
stitch can usually be recognized by the hard, tight quality of
beading. Much, but not all, Sioux lazy stitch has pronounced ridges.
The adjacent photos illustrate this description. Use the hints
below to achieve this hard, tight quality with ridges. They take
practice and time to perfect.
Sioux work is done in 4/0 Italian beads, not all the old colors
are available and substitutes must suffice at times. 11/0 are
used if beaded in Czech beads.
4/0 seed beads are virtually impossible to find today and are
no longer being manufactured. There are many fine old-time colors
available in modern Czech beads today.)
If available, sinew is the best. "Harness lace" is also
a good substitute and is available from traders. If thread is
used, pick one that does not stretch, wax it heavily with bees
wax, but most importantly pick a heavy enough thread. It should
be of sufficient weight so that when doubled it fills the entire
hole of the bead, see Fig. 1. In this way the bead can not shift
from left to right on the thread. Strip sinew and harness lace
to proper thickness to fill hole also. Hard and tight is not achieved
by pulling thread super tight, but by thread thickness.
Hard and tight beadwork is a result of a stiff backing. The stiffer
parts of an Indian-tanned buckskin hide is ideal. Try to match
this when choosing substitutes. Always bead on the side that was
next to the meat. Make sure stitches penetrate the center of the
3. Arc: As
shown in the photo, an item beaded in lazy stitch fashion is covered
with a series of parallel lanes each of which tends to arc a little
bit. This arc or hump or ridge is achieved by sewing down 8 beads
in a space meant for 7 1/2 beads. Lanes are from 6 - 12 beads
in width; with 8 - 9 most common. Lane width will vary in width
and number of beads with each beadworker. An even number of beads
is quite common.
of illustrations follow the basic beading technique. Draw a base
line lightly with a pencil (not pen). The knot at the end of the
thread will eventually be hidden under beadwork. Do not leave
knots on the back side of the leather.
Fig. 2 shows
proper way to punch leather with awl. Stitches must catch 1/2
the hide or they will pull out. If not using Indian tanned buckskin,
proper penetration cannot be achieved without an awl.
4. Awl must
be ground down to size of large needle or use a glover or heavy
needle glued in a piece of dowel as in Fig. 3.
knot thread, punch through leather, pull thread on needle through
holes and string on 8 beads, Fig. 4. As 8 beads lie next to each
other on a line perpendicular to base line, punch next pair of
holes ½ bead short of distance spanned by 8 beads, Fig.
needle and thread through; pull taught and string on 8. Beads
should just barely touch first row. Spacing here is critical,
you must avoid bunching and gapping, Figs. 68. You will
learn spacing with practice. Rip out your mistakes as you go;
remember, patience. When you come to the end of a thread, tie
it off and sew back under the lane. No knots should show on front
shows placement of second lane. Beads of first lane may touch
those of second, but they dont have too. Stitches of second
lane should be right next to those of first but not interlocking.
In design area rows should line up but need not in background
FYI - AIWA: From:
Robert Xavier Betancourt Junior <email@example.com>
Subject: The National Disabled Sailing Championship 24-28 October San
will have a children sail day on Wednesday 24 October for FREE.
Please have a life
jacket that fits, sneakers and a hat, and of course a camera.
There are some Para-Olympian
like Jen French gold medalist competing. I hope you get some autographs.
MP is competing in the Access 3.03 Wide.
The Round Robin
encourages our Veterans to bring out issues and emotions in a supportive,
compassionate, environment. Our goal is that participation will further
the healing process and bring us all back into the world of harmony
and balance again. Juan del Rio shared his recent struggles with the
VA and his sons after service experiences.
Native Amer. Men & Women Wellness Conference
Thurs 8am - 5pm
Sycuan Golf Resort (Not Casino)
3007 Dehisa Rd
El Cajon, CA
Here for Flier and Remember to Register
San Diego City
Park Tecolote Canyon Oct. 13, 2012 - Schedule of Events -
Botany & Birding Walk
Discover the natural beauty of the canyon and spot our feathered friends
that call Tecolote home
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Native American Mime and Storyteller
Fun & interactive history lesson performed by Abel Silvas, a.k.a
12:00 p.m. Nyemii Wildcat Singers
Native Americans share their traditional songs
1:00 3:00 p.m. Sky Hunters Raptor Education
Learn about our local Owls and Raptors and see them all live and up
3:00 p.m. Snakes of Tecolote Canyon
All Day Activities Include:
Make a Dream Catcher, Kumeyaay Bear, Beaded Necklace, or Raffia Basket
while learning the traditional significance of each craft.
Create a Clay Pot with Juaneño clay artist, Sylvia Mejia.
Design a colorful Sand Painting with Paleontologist, Richard Cerutti.
Enjoy traditional Kumeyaay Games, Basket Weaving Demonstrations and
the many Indian Artifacts on display. Explore all that your local Nature
Center and Canyon have to offer. Visit exhibits by the Kumeyaay Historical
Society, California Native Plant
Yummy Indian Fry Bread and Cold Drinks for Sale
4th Annual PEI-
Rincon Honoring Our Native Veterans
November 7, 2012
to 2:00 p.m.
Council, Inc ~Multi Purpose Room
Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
American Veterans and Guest are welcome.
Please join us to celebrate and recognize our Native American heroes
* Lunch will be
* Raffles and Prizes
* and much more
AIWA welcomes positive
ideas for the next months meeting of November 7, 2012. With the
final police call clean up of the area the AIWA meeting adjourned at
submitted: Roy Cook, AIWA Historian/secretary