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This Issue Feature Artisan Susan Stanton Native American Art – The story of the Turtle Stitch & Chatter TAAS Breaking through the Great Recession Upcoming Events


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    Appalachian Features Magazine Phone: 828-668-1070 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 2242, Old Fort, NC 28762 48 East Main Street Old Fort, NC 28762 App Features Magazine - Production Team Publisher: Dru Heldman Editor: Bev Heldman Managing Editor: Donna Mayton Art & Direction: Dru Heldman Staff Photographer: Bev Heldman Accounting and Advertising Director: Donna Mayton

    Contributing Writers:

    Nanci Gregory - TAAS Members Photography Carol Sheppard - TAAS Member Glass & Jewelry Jennifer East - TAAS Member Weaving & Mixed Media Betty Heldman - TAAS Member Cross-stitch Beverly Heldman - TAAS Owner, Jewelry mixed media Donna Mayton - Executive Assistant Handcraft Marketing Columns: Walks and Hikes in the Appalachians TAAS Feature Artist of month Events and classes for Art & Crafts Appalachian B&B Review TAAS Value and dealer locations Heritage Recipes Explore Small towns in Appalachia Ask Oneida - Send in your questions about art and Oneida will answer

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    This Issue Feature Artisan Susan Stanton Native American Art The story of the Turtle Stitch & Chatter TAAS Breaking through the Great Recession Upcoming Events

    Cover Photo provide by Susan Stanton Feature Story by Dru Heldman

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    Susan Stanton September Feature Artisan By: Dru Heldman

    It is with great pleasure that we

    present Susan Stanton as our feature

    artist. Her work is unlike any other.

    Ive had the honor of getting to know Susan over the last few months

    that she has displayed here at TAAS.

    The more I learn about her

    techniques, the more I come to

    appreciate her skill and the difficulty

    she endures to get the perfect

    photo. She told me how she waits for

    the sun to be just right and sometime

    sits for hours waiting for that artistic

    lighting on the subject. The cover

    piece is a real set-up no re-touching

    and all with natural sun light. For

    many artists the goal is to get their

    paintings to look like photos with

    realism and depth, to fool the on-

    looker to think that it is a photo. With

    Susans work I find myself captivated that she does almost the opposite.

    Her photos look like masterpiece

    paintings. The richness of color, that

    bathing of sunlight and the three

    dimensionalism of real life. Its no wonder that Susan is such an

    accomplished artist wth her works on

    display in both public and private

    collections around the world. Check

    out Susans full bio on the website and link over to her

    website for even more views of her


    Susan also has a series of greeting

    cards available and we can special

    order any of her images in various

    sizes printed on canvas.

    If you can get into TAAS before the

    end of the month you will see Susan

    Stantons expanded collection of paintings on the Fine Art Feature

    Wall. Fall color photos perfect for

    cozy cabin dcor.

    This cold winter scene depicts a worn pathway and railing disappearing into the frosty snow covered landscape.

    This quintessential Blue Ridge Parkway image depicts a beautiful summer scene. As the morning light washes across the mountains, bright yellow flowers fill the foreground.

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    Native American Art By Donna Mayton

    The subject of Native American Art is vast and has

    many origins. It would be an injustice to try to explain

    just a piece of art without the background and the

    lore, or the stories that go along with most native art


    While writing these articles for Native American Art I

    will try to educate, as well as entertain you with a

    blending of true facts and Native lore, and

    possibly without getting political, create an

    understanding of Native ways and culture. Keep in

    mind "Native America" encompasses many tribes,

    each with their own interpretation of symbols and

    stories and cultures as diverse as the areas they lived

    and some still live in today.

    Please start with an open mind and forget anything

    and everything you ever saw in a John Wayne

    movie. (Need I say more? - Remember, I don't want

    to get political).

    Another important fact; Ancient Native artifacts and

    Native American Art today are still victims of "black

    market arts" all over the world.

    Pictured RIGHT is a Turtle Rattle

    made by Buckhorn Crossing, Pam and Bryan Barnett

    of Weaverville, NC, available at TAAS Gallery.

    I thought it appropriate to start with Turtle.

    Turtle has lots of symbolism in Native American lore.

    Starting with "Turtle Island" which is what the continent

    of North America (the United States and Canada) is

    referred to in many Native stories.

    Turtle Lore from An Anishnabe (Anishinabe) Legend

    The Anishnabe/Ojibwa Indians (The Eastern

    Woodland Culture in the northeastern United States

    spread north into central Canada)

    At the time Europeans reached the shores of North

    America, the Ojibwa Indians were the largest tribe on

    the continent. They referred to themselves as

    Anishnabe - a word that means the people.

    Anishnabe territory extended from the eastern

    seaboard, west to the headwaters of the Mackenzie

    River. The Ojibwa lands were bounded in the north by

    the sub-Arctic tundra and followed the Mississippi

    south to the Carolina's. The Anishnabe people didn't

    build tipis...they made wigwams from bent saplings

    and covered the exterior with bark or hides. A small

    wigwam could be built in a day. More time was spent

    on constructing larger wigwams that could shelter a

    dozen or more people through severe winter

    weather. Those living south of the Great Lakes had

    access to all those food sources, but the climate and

    terrain further south also leant itself to agriculture.

    Anishnabe grew small gardens of corn, and beans - a

    skill that had migrated along the trade routes.

    The Anishnabe Story of Turtle.

    It was one of those days when Nanaboozhoo was

    in a strange mood. He had just awakened from a

    deep sleep that was disturbed by the noisy quarreling

    and scolding of the blue jays. He was a bit cranky; his

    sleep was disturbed and besides that, he was hungry.

    His first thought was to go down to the village and

    find something to eat.

    Entering the village, he came across some men cooking fish. They had their camp located close to

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    the water and Nanaboozhoo spied many fish

    cooking over a fire. Now, being very hungry, he

    asked for something to eat.

    The men were happy to

    give him some, but

    cautioned him

    that is was



    heeding their warning, he quickly grabbed the fish

    and burned his hand. He ran to the lake to cool it off

    in the water. Still unsteady from his deep sleep, he

    tripped on a stone and fell on Mi-she-kae (turtle) who

    was sunning on the beach. At that time, Mishekae

    was not as we know her today. She had no shell and

    was comprised of soft skin and bone. Turtle

    complained loudly to Nanaboozhoo to watch where

    he was going. Now, Nanaboozhoo felt ashamed of

    his clumsiness and apologized to Mishekae. He

    wondered, "what can I do to make it up to her?" He

    wanted to do something to help his friend. "I'll have to

    sit and think it over,"he thought, as he followed the

    path back to his wigwam.

    Sometime later, he returned to the beach and

    called for Mishekae. Turtle poked her head through

    the soft beach mud. Nanaboozhoo picked up two

    large shells from the shore and placed one on top of

    the other. He scooped up Mishekae and put her right

    in the middle, between the shells. Nanaboozhoo took

    a deep breath and began. "You will never be injured

    like that again." he said slowly. "Whenever danger

    threatens," he continued, "you can pull your legs and

    head into the shell for protection". Nanaboozhoo sat

    beside his friend on the beach and told Mishekae his

    thoughts. "The shell itself is round like Mother Earth. It

    was a round hump which resembles her hills and

    mountains. It is divided into segments, like martyrizes

    that are a part of her; each different and yet

    connected by her." Mishekae seemed very pleased

    with and listened intently. "You have four legs, each

    representing the points of direction North, South, East

    and West." he said. "When the legs are all drawn in,

    all directions are lost. Your tail will show the many

    lands where the Anishnabek have been and your

    head will point in the direction to follow. "You will

    have advantages over the Anishnabek," he went on.

    "You will be able to live in the water as well as on

    land and you will be in your own house at all times."

    Mishekae approved of her new self and thanked

    Nanaboozhoo for his wisdom. Moving now in a thick

    shell, she pushed herself along the shore and

    disappeared into the water.

    So, ever since

    that accident

    long ago, Turtle

    has been special

    to the

    Anishnabek. To this

    day, she continues to

    grace Mother Earth, still

    proudly wearing those two


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