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From the editor.

With the cold winds of winter beginning to blow, this issue gives our readers some interesting articles on crafts, history and culture. Bundle up in your comfortable chair with a nice cup of something hot and read your favorite magazine.

This issue begins with a look at a unique beadwork project, beaded stethoscopes. American Indian material culture can take many forms. As author Richard Green, of Birmingham, England states, "beaded stethoscopes have been made as special commissions or gifts by beadwork artists from numerous reservations in Indian Country since at least the 1980s. Each year, for example, a specially commissioned beaded stethoscope is awarded to the Nurse of the Year at St John's Hospital in Jackson, Wyoming." Thank you Richard for giving our readers an idea for a gift to a favorite health care professional.

The porcupine hair roach is a commonly worn head dress for male dancers. For the new owner of a hair roach, staff writer Scott Thompson of Spokane, Washington shows a few ways to tie on the roach. Thank you Scott. And, Thank you to R. Steve Albin of Yakima, Washington for his photographs and instructions of a more traditional way of mounting the hair roach.

Color postcards are again featured in this issues GLIMPSES from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair thanks to staff contributor Richard Green from his collection.

Staff contributor Michael Johnson of Walsall, West Midlands, England provides a history of the Mohican tribe. His article, entitled "Not the Last of the Mochicans" proved the point that they are still very much a part of Native America.

PowwowFashions by Associate Editor Craig Jones of West Palm Beach, Florida showcases the growing popularity of Hat & Boot competition with photographs by Brian Fraker and Keya Clairmont of Livingston, Montana. Thank you Craig, Brian and Keya. Keya's photographs are new to our pages and I hope this encourages her to submit more powwow images.

Jim Johnston of Omaha, Nebraska was honored to be present and to assist in the funeral of Clement "Babe" Whipple who was born on the Santee Sioux Reservation. Jim's essay brings home the importance of honoring those we love. Thank you Jim for sharing.

Thanks to our book and music reviewers for their reviews in this issue. Thank you to Terry Robinson for this issue's powwow cartoon.

And a final thank you to all of our readers, advertisers, distributors, writers, and staff for allowing me to present the very best in craft technique and understanding of American Indian material culture, tradition and dance. Thanks for letting us come into your home.

Jack Heriard

jack@writtenheritage.com

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Author:Heriard, Jack
Publication:Whispering Wind
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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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