August 27th, 2015 Last Updated on: August 27th, 2015
“Well, I knew I wasn't all white because at my High school students would ask,” Karron Pulliam Farias explains, “So, I asked dad what was that all about and he told me we were Native Americans.” This beader is popular on the powwow trail and states, “So, I began researching and I met a very kind Native American beader who showed me how to start and over the years I have just done what I see in dreams and inspiration from Holy Spirit.” She shares her talent with us in this evocative interview about her art.
Interview by Dawn Karima, Native Culture Editor
DK: So elegant! How do you feel when you complete one of these beauties? How does it feel to see your work worn as part of regalia???
KPF: Well, I had the privilege of making my granddaughter's regalia for her grandfather's memorial Pow Wow in Lame Deer, MT. When she danced in her Choctaw regalia at the Cheyenne grounds, I was over the top, proud of her. She was told by another little girl that she looked like a princess!
DK:A dream come true! Why do you feel it's important for our youth to dance in powwows and keep traditions alive?
KPF:I think if you are allowing your children to dance, it is important that you educate them as to why we dance. Respect the regalia and the dancers. Know that each dance has meaning. Some are meant for having a good time but others are for prayers and so I believe the children should know. Each part of our regalia has a story and it's not a costume or just a dress. It is beauty and should be respected that way!
DK:As an expert beaded that makes regalia beadwork, what do you think is the biggest difference between making regalia beading and just plain jewelry?
KPF: When I make something that I know is going to be part of regalia, I pray. I pray for the dancer and I pray for the people watching. It is almost as if I were there dancing before the Lord, as David did. When I make a piece for every day wear, I do pray over it but I know it's not an act of worship.
DK:What does beading mean to your life? Has it enhanced your life in any way? How so?
KPF: I love to bead. I love the feel if the beads. Sometimes I sit and just play in them. lol.. Seriously, I do get so much satisfaction out of seeing others happy!
DK: Your bead weaving is so intricate! Tell us about your charming collars? What tribe do they come from and how do you make them?
KPF: They are worn with Choctaw regalia. I really do not know how in a short amount of space to give instruction on how to make them, but it's a fast work and very beautiful when it is finished.
DK:Wow! What's your beading specialty? What kind of projects do you like to do best?
KPF:Oh, I guess I would have to say; I really like bead weaving and working with turquoise beads. I love loom work, although it's not very forgiving. By that I mean, one bead out of place or wrong size bead can ruin the project. But I love it!!!
DK: Thank you so much for joining us today!
KPF: Thank you! I can be found on facebook or you can write me at [email protected]!
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