Posts by Noc Bay

How to Make Porcupine Quill Earrings – Craft Tutorial

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Porcupine quills were used by Native people of the Great Lakes area as decorating materials long before the introduction of seed beads by the European traders. This seemed to be true where ever this animal was found in the wooded areas of the northern continent.

Quills were dyed colors with natural dyes, used in their round state, or flattened and used as a platting material. The most renowned decorative use of quills in the Great Lakes area was and continues to be on birch bark baskets.


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How to Make Feather Visors – Craft Tutorial

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  Feather visors for Traditional Men dancers are worn under the front part of the Porky Hair Roach and extend out like a cap visor, but in a bird tail …


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How to Make a Feather Hair Clip – Craft Tutorial

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This project uses the new popular hair clip as the way to fasten feathers in your hair. Small domesticated bird feathers can be used for the feathers. These are from …


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How to Mount Deer Toes – Craft Tutorial

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  Deer toes have long been used as natural bells for dancers to keep rhythm with the drum. Some traditional men dancers are returning to this natural sound. Deer toes …


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The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.   The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and …

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How to Do Threadwork on Feathers

After many requests, I’m finally getting around to a tutorial on threadwork….flat style (not stacked). Materials: Something to wrap…feather quill, dowel rod, etc. Thread…I love Sulky brand rayon sewing/embroidery machine …

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