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From the editor.

Congratulations again to two of our staff writers; Gene Bates of Metairie, Louisiana and Dawn Karima Pettigrew of Albuquerque, New Mexico who were nominated for a NAMMY (Native American Music Award). Although neither won in their respective categories, their nomination was a well deserved achievement. Gene was a presenter at this year's NAMMY Awards, as he was last year, representing Whispering Wind. Coverage and winners are in this issue's MusicCorner.

This issue brings to these pages extensive reading to the reader to get you through early fall and into the first chills of winter. From across the great pond, Raphael Ponce of Toulouse, France, showcases a beautiful pair of Nez Perce moccasins from his collection. Raphael is an artist-painter and collector of Native Americana. Thank you Rapheal and welcome to our pages. Frequent contributor Richard Green of Birmingham, England provides a look at 19th century Northern grass dance harnesses from his collection. Thanks Richard.

On the craft side of this issue, staff writer Scott Thompson of Spokane, Washington explains in detail the making of bladder envelopes for storing porcupine quills. Thanks Scott for your detailed photographs as well. Loren Woerpel of Escanaba, Michigan is back with this issue's CraftCorner on using natural sinew. Thanks Loren.

Through November, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois hosted an exhibit of 19th and early 20th century photographs by Swedish born photographer John Anderson. From our files we used four of his photographs in this issue's Glimpses with commentary from staff contributor Allen Chronister on the material culture shown in the photographs. Thanks Allen and Thanks to the Mitchell Museum for including us in their promotion of this exhibit.

Mark Theil is back in our pages with a look at Black Elk photographs from the collection of Marquette University and the Catholic Indian Mission Records. Thanks Mark.

This issue's PowwowFashions showcases little girl fancy shawl dancers photographed at Standoff Powwow in Alberta. Thanks to Brian Fraker for his delightful photographs.

Conley McAnnaly is back with more Arctic stories on hunting and gathering in the far north. Thanks Snapper.

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. Thank you all for your continued support of our efforts.

Have a safe and warm winter. Thanks for letting us come into your home.
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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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