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October 19 2011 Native American Newsletter

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Effie and Her Silver Snakes
This sounds like the title of a children’s story told by an Elder. However, Effie is a talented Zuni woman, and her silver snakes are known around the world.

This past April, I met a new friend and learned of Effie Calavaza and her widely collected silverwork. It is so unique! This coming April Pow Wow, I think my husband will be following me to Cherokee Creations to select one of her pieces from Joy Bloxham's inventory. It would be a fabulous gift for our 20th anniversary.

The Zuni are master silversmiths. I also love their turquoise needlepoint. Do you have a Zuni artist favorite or an item made by a Tribal member? Join us in the forum and share the story. Registering to post is Free and Easy, and we all look forward to our forum members' photos.

With a sad heart, I must share the loss of another Blackfeet Elder and remarkable woman. Elouise Cobell walked on this past Sunday after 14 years of battling within the courts for a settlement and disbursement of funds for the government's misappropriation of land use royalties. She was a true hero and champion for her People. Until next time, join me with prayers for her family and

Walk in Balance and Beauty

Jane Winkler, Native American Editor

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