09 December 2008

Day 6 - Native Talisman Art

This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. You may continue to leave comments for the artist, however they will not be entered into the draw. Still, why not show some love. ;-)

Paula Bidwell was born January 28th, 1953. She is of mixed Indian blood, Cherokee, Shawnee, Delaware, and Seneca and Northern Italian from Barga Lucca. It was her Shawnee Grandpa, “Johnny Gibson” who named her into Deer Clan as “Welapama” (Bringer of Hope and Joy). Later in life, she lived on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota where she found the home and people of her heart. It was during this time she was given another name “Kagnigapi Winyan” (Chosen Woman). An eternity of gratitude and love will always be felt for the people of Cheyenne River.

At age 10 she beaded her first pair of moccasins and has continued to practice the art of beadwork. She is also skilled in many other traditional crafts and ways of life. Paula is also a Traditional PowWow Dancer and Singer. She began to dance in the 1980’s and has won numerous prizes across the U.S. and Canada. In the ’90’s she began to sing with her family drum “Ho Ota Oka” and earned the status of “Wicaglata” (Woman Singer) on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Today Paula lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Where can you find Paula's work?

Paula also has a blog with information on ceremonies, talismans, amulets, etc.

Many thanks to you Paula for participating in this giveaway. The winner of this draw will receive this beautiful signed 3.5" x 2.5" Native American Eagle Feather gold leaf ACEO, along with a fabric card pouch by Blossoming Tree. The inspiration: “Mitakuye Oyasin...we are all related.” A story included with the ACEO.

The rules are simple:

1)To enter visit the featured artist's website or other online shop and look around. Come back here and comment on any item.

2)Winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Dec 17. Start Dec 9 at 12:01 AM and ends Dec 11 at 11:59 PM.

3)One entry per person. Duplicates will be discarded.

4)International guests are welcome to enter, however I reserve the right to exchange any item that is restricted by or may cause a delay in customs.

5)You must leave a way for me to contact you be it an email address, blog, twitter id, website or online shop (Etsy, DaWanda, Artfire, Silkfair, etc). The winner will have 48 hrs to respond otherwise an alternate will be selected.


Paula said...

I hope I am commenting in the right part...but my favorite piece is the turtle medicine pouch. So sweet!



Julie said...

I was just admiring her work on 1000 Markets! I am in love with the illuminated prayers!


Caroline said...

I really love the lizard medicine pouch, though I wish you had a hawk medicine pouch. still, the lizard one is beautiful.

Ginger said...

The giveaway ACEO is my favorite. I even featured in in a Treasury I put together. Beautiful work!


Taleah said...

the All Tribes Dancing (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16139254) is just beautiful!


Amber said...

I have such a love for native american culture. this piece is beautiful.

i also love the hummingbird medicine bag.

thank you and also thank you to the wonderful sponsor.

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