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Last issue of Whispering Wind featured an article by Michael Johnson on the appearance on the internet of articles of material culture that were being sold as original pieces. This prompted noted Lakota artisan Rhonda Holy Bear to provide commentary (page 33) on her experiences with the copying of her work and its sale as original art. The reason I mention this first in my column is that this has become a serious issue among serious collectors of genuine material culture and Native American artists. I'm not saying that one cannot duplicate a piece from a museum collection, what makes the term "fraudulent" relevant here is the sale of that finished piece as genuine. Perhaps with the comments published here and in last issue, more artisans and collectors will come forward and provide photos of pieces that have been sold as genuine. I am going to post these commentaries on our website in the hope of getting a larger audience to become aware of this problem. Thanks Rhonda for letting our readers know how this has affected you. For those interested, a new Yahoo Group on ArtiFakes has been formed. For information go to There you will find information on this informative group and how to join.

This issue has plenty of reading for those of you on the road to your next dance. Thank you to David Sager of Mississauga, Ontario for another analysis of moccasins in the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. I am also pleased and thankful to Dr. Shiloh Parresol of Fairview, North Carolina for his article on Cherokee hymns and language. Shiloh first presented this topic as a Humanities Scholar for the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association in 2006. His article is illustrated by Cherokee artist Dorothy Sullivan. Thank you Dorothy.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas provides the photographs and descriptions for this issue's Glimpses. This is a small part of the exhibition at the museum from September 15, 2007 to January 6, 2008. Another beautiful exhibition from March 24, 2007 to January 2, 2008 at the National Museum of the American Indian is reviewed by staff writer Richard Green along with examples of the dresses on exhibit. Thanks Richard.

This issue's CraftCorner is a simple project for the ladies on making a feather hair clip thanks to Loren Woerpel of Escanaba, Michigan. Continuing on the craft side of this issue is a look at the history of the term "lazy stitch" by first time contributor Joe Rosenthal of El Ceritto, California. Thanks Joe.

Staff writer Dana LaQuay provides a look at the evolution of the fancy dance outfit with photos from 1932 to the present. Thank you Dana and Thank you to staff photographers Craig Jones and Brian Fraker for their photos of this exciting dance style and beautiful outfits.

Thank you to our music and book reviewers in this issue. And, as always, Thank you to long time contributor Terry Robinson for this issue's Powwowing cartoon and to cartoonist Tim Davis for his amusing cartoon on page 38.

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
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Date:May 1, 2007
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