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With the holidays rapidly approaching and Aji not technologically able to post on Daily Kos at the moment, I asked for and received her permission to bring you some of Wings newest creations.  In addition, I'll highlight some of the works by other Native artists that Wings carries, reasonably priced for holiday gifts.  This will be a photo heavy diary (all images taken from Wings website, used with permission).  Follow me below the orange ribbon for Wings latest.

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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up this week, I've been thinking about how grateful I am to the Daily Kos community.  It's been a home away from home on the internet for me, a place where I can find people who share my ideals and interests, and who have provided me with a wealth of support and advice.  I've long known that cyber-friends & cyber-communities are just as real (if not more so) as the people we know in "real life", and it's been my pleasure and honor to be able to give back to this community in what ways I can.  This time, I'm asking for your help in supporting TiaRachel, a longtime member with over a thousand diaries and almost 20,000 comments.  Follow me below the orange cornucopia for details, if you will.  Or if you're ready to pitch in now, the info is:

1. Go to Paypal.com.
2. Click Send Money to family or friends. You don't need an account to make the payment.
3. Enter TiaRachel's e-mail address which is tiarachelgordon@gmail.com and the amount you are sending.

Edit: Or follow the direct link in TiaRachel's comment here.

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Holiday season is fast approaching, and while I'm sure many of us would prefer not to think about them just yet, quality handmade gifts take time to make.  The fact is that many of the artisans featured in Kos Katalogue, especially those that take custom requests, need orders soon to be able to guarantee them arriving to you before the holidays.  As well, by supporting the talented Kossacks featured in the Kos Katalogue, you are enabling them to pay their bills and are making their holidays brighter as well.  

And what can be better than supporting liberal progressives who share many of your ideals and thumbing your nose at the big box stores that often work against our interests?  Well, to answer my own question, getting unique, well crafted gifts to give loved ones in the bargain!  Follow me below the orange Yule log to take a look at some of the shops and wares available in the Katalogue.

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Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 07:25 AM PDT

NJ Meetup - Photo Recap

by Avilyn

Well, the first NJ meetup this past Saturday was certainly an adventure!  We had planned to meet at Cranberry's Cafe in Cranbury, NJ, but despite the Saturday hours posted on their website and their door, they were closed.  And not just closed, but the doors were bungee-corded shut, too.  What to do, what to do?

Luckily, we live in an age of technology.  I used my phone to locate restaurants nearby, and found Antonio's Pizzeria & Restaurant only a couple of miles away, and my GPS to get us there.  But what to do about late comers?

Thankfully, belinda ridgewood came to the rescue there - she had post-it notes, and left one on the door indicating the name, location, & number of the newly designated meet-up place.  Good thing, too - aoeu was able to find us this way.  Success!  

Follow me below the fold for meet-up pictures and the requisite food pr0n.  

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Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:35 AM PDT

New Jersey MeetUp Tomorrow!

by Avilyn

Last reminder!  Any and all Kossacks in or around NJ are welcome to come out and join us tomorrow at noon for a real-life meet-up.  We'll be meeting at Cranbury's Cafe, just off Exit 8A on the NJ Turnpike.  I've been to a few of these meetups, and they're always a lot of fun; a great chance for conversation with like-minded and intelligent people.  Details below the orange swirly:

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Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 09:39 AM PDT

NJ Meetup 6/14 - Come Join Us!

by Avilyn

Saturday, June 14th at 12pm will be the inaugural meet-up for New Jersey Kossacks!  We'll be meeting at Cranberry's Gourmet Cafe in Cranbury, NJ.  They're fairly close to NJ Turnpike Exit 8A, so hopefully it will be convenient to both North & South Jersey folks.  The menu covers a variety of things from Burgers/Sandwiches to Pizza to Breakfast to Salads to Baked Goods.   Visiting Kossacks, or Kossacks from NY / PA that want to make the trek are welcome!

Location:  Cranberry's Gourmet Cafe
Time:  12pm
Date:  Saturday, June 14
RSVPs:
1. Avilyn
2. belinda ridgewood
3. zitherhamster
4. avamontez
5. Christin
6.
7.

Maybes
Trosk
profewalt
wintergreen8694
MRA NY

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Many people here pitched in and helped Aji & Wings fund a one man show Wings  was honored with by the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

[the exhibit] explores the identity of Taos Pueblo from an insider's perspective through Wings's chosen media: photography and sterling silver. The show features ten photographs of Taos Pueblo's classic architecture and iconography, presented in a wholly different way. Instead of concentrating on the famed multi-level houses ubiquitous in photos everywhere, Wings brings the existential details into focus:
There is so much more to our ancestral lands, our sacred spaces, that people never see. Some of that is purposeful:  Our traditions require privacy and secrecy, and there is much that is not available to outsiders. But even in the public areas of the Pueblo, what visitors see and what I see are two very different things.
The exhibit, Taos Pueblo: Ancestral Places, Sacred Spaces, closed May 11th, and Aji has posted a retrospective online:

Welcome and Introduction

The Photography

The Silverwork

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Having shelter is a basic human need.  As mentioned in peregrine kate's diary, Fineena is currently in a motel, without her dogs, her things, or certainty for the future.  She has a chance at a house with reasonable rent, but she needs our help for the initial move-in costs:

* Security Deposit:  $1770 ($1620 + $150 additional for the dogs)
* Utilities (Water/Electric):  $200
* Getting back her dogs from boarding:  $700
* Pro-Rated rent for May:  $539

Total:  $3209

The good news is, pk's first diary brought in $1100.  But we still need to raise $2109.  Follow me below to see the ways you can help.

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UPDATE - Seems like more people would be able to make June 14th, so that's the new date.  

I'm tentatively thinking about Saturday, June 7th June 14th, 12pm at Cranberry's Gourmet Cafe in Cranbury, NJ.  They're fairly close to NJ Turnpike Exit 8A, so hopefully it will be convenient to both North & South Jersey folks.  The menu covers a variety of things from Burgers/Sandwiches to Pizza to Breakfast to Salads to Baked Goods.  

Philly Kos / NY Kos / Other Visiting Kossacks are also welcome to attend!  Let me know in the comments if will be able to make it, as I'll want to call in advance to reserve space.  If the time or place turns out not to be convenient for anyone, then I'll look at rescheduling, but hopefully this is far enough in advance that everyone can work it out.

So, will we see you there?  

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Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 07:28 AM PDT

New Jersey Kossacks, Represent!

by Avilyn

I thought it was time that New Jersey has its own group; while I love the people I've met from New York City kossacks and PhillyKos, New Jersey is so much more than just a bridge between the two locations.  New Jersey has the open farmland in the South, mountains in the North and West, and of course our wonderful shore on our East coast, and of course our own wonderful brand of Jersey politics!  It may be a small state, but there's a lot packed into it.

We also know how important local connections and grassroots organizing are, and having our own state group makes sense on that level.  Besides, we need more Jersey meetups!  :-D  

So, while I thank Philly Kos & New York City kossacks for hosting us NJ folks, New Jersey Kossacks is now open for business!  Send me a kosmail to join & I'll try to figure out how adding people to a group works.  :-)

Edit - I figured out how to invite people, so you can just drop a note in the comments if you want an invite.  

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Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:11 PM PDT

Aji & Wings Need Our Help

by Avilyn

If you're familiar with the Kos Katalogue, you've no doubt seen the many diaries featuring Wings' Silverwork.  Wings has a gift for working with silver, evident in all his work:
An amethyst barrette he recently made for me:

along with a moonstone cuff:

all to compliment the moonstone pendant I commissioned from him:

In each of these cases, I might add, I named the stone and the type of jewelry, and let Wings' spirit and affinity with the silver take him where it would.  The results were literally breathtaking.  Wings does photography as well, capturing life around the pueblo.  

Now, he's been honored with a one-man art exhibit: Taos Pueblo: Ancestral Places, Sacred Spaces by the Jean Cocteau Cinemea in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Exhibit will run April 15th through May 11th.  From Aji:

[the exhibit] explores the identity of Taos Pueblo from an insider's perspective through Wings's chosen media: photography and sterling silver. The show features ten photographs of Taos Pueblo's classic architecture and iconography, presented in a wholly different way. Instead of concentrating on the famed multi-level houses ubiquitous in photos everywhere, Wings brings the existential details into focus:
There is so much more to our ancestral lands, our sacred spaces, that people never see. Some of that is purposeful:  Our traditions require privacy and secrecy, and there is much that is not available to outsiders. But even in the public areas of the Pueblo, what visitors see and what I see are two very different things.
With this exhibition, I would like to take you on a journey  I want to show you what I see, feel what I feel —  the sights and sounds and smells and sensations of this place, this land, that has embedded in my blood and bone and that of my people for more than a millennium . . . .
Come with me.  Let me show you this earth, this sky, this light that is wholly a part of me.
Interpretive text will accompany the photos to provide context for viewers.

Complementing the photography, the show will also feature several of Wings's sterling silver Indian jewelry showpieces, each with its own accompanying narrative.

So, why do they need our help, and what can we do?  Follow me below the decorative swirl for more...
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM PDT

Let's Help Kitsap River Keep Her Home

by Avilyn

UPDATE:  GOAL MADE!  This community is awesome, and why I stick around.  Love you all, and thank you so much for helping out.
I don't frequently write diaries, but I saw on Aji's Blog this morning that one of our shining lights, Kitsap River, needs our help.  Many of you know that Kitsap River received the wonderful gift of a new kidney back in 2011.  However, that came with many expenses not covered under insurance or safety net programs, etc.  Kitsap River and Charles covered expenses by skipping the property tax payment on their house that year, and now that bill is coming due.  If it's not paid, they lose their home.  We cannot let this happen.  

All it takes is checking her profile, and you can see how supportive she is of this community.  I think it's time for us to give back a little bit to her, and help Kitsap River and Charles keep their home.  Follow me below the fold for how you can help.

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