#4 – Arriving at the Center


Warm-Up: On April 30th and every saturday, in order to warm up our minds we practice our dance.  To warm up our bodies we practice our dance.  So practice is warmup & warm-up is practice 😉

Mapping Our Stories Workshop:  Among our number we have people whose tribal homelands are as far as Washington state and Georgia.  What we don’t have though are people whose tribal homelands lie within the greater Kansas City area.  So how did we get here anyway?  That was the question of the day.

Google Mapping expert Scott Lemmon talked to us about how Google technology could be used to show our family/personal journeys and connections. He collected migration stories to create a shared community migration map based on:

1. Where were you born?
2. Where do you live now?
3. Where is the traditional homeland(s) of your Native American tribe/nation(s)?
4. Where was your mother born?
5. Your father?
6. Your mother’s mother ( maternal grandmother)?
7. Your mother’s father ( maternal grandfather)?
8. Your mother’s mother ( maternal grandmother)?
9. Your mother’s father ( maternal grandfather)?

That Which We Bring With Us:  On any journey of relocation humans always take vessels.  We bring pots and pans, containers and jars. They serve combinations of purposes:  utilitarian and/or ceremonisal and/or sentimental.  I thought it would be fitting to share some of the ancient vessels taken from the smaller settlements below Cahokia mounds.  the everyday/sacred/special items that we all take with us when we move somewhere new.

These images were taken by Maura Garcia in December 2015 during her participation in the research portion of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program. The original ancient cultural materials can be found at the NMAI Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746.  SITE INFORMATION: Catalog Card, Missouri: Scott & Missouri counties

Beading Workshop:  How do we get around these days?  How do we relocate and travel?  Most often by car in the greater Kansas City area.  Even if we do not have a car, no matter where we go, we always have our keychain.  That is why Julia White Bull thought it fitting that we should learn how to bead a keychain.  Travel-art-modernity-usefulness-travel & tradition all combined 🙂

And after it all, the people said…


and …STABBING PAIN (a 15 year old’s contribution 🙂


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