"Assemblage" is the 3-D version of "collage”. "Found object fragments," "discards," or "throwaways" (artist's work to look at: Schwitters, Cornell, Rauschenberg, Bearden, etc.).

These things are organized by their specific elements. The resulting groups are then arranged into compositions of art.

Extending to many cultures of people living in family, religious, work, and various other groups; We could be viewed as a complex living version of "assemblage”(Webster 1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected).

We have “found” each other by chance; either by blood, common goals, or a certain chemistry. These connections help to formulate new ideas, innovations, and even new generations. John Anderson

Monday, September 24, 2012

18th Annual Harvest Pow Wow 9/22 & 9/23

This was my first experience attending a Pow Wow. I was invited by Ray Piagentini, a counselor at Barrington High school in Barrington, Illinois. He is the Moderator of the "Brother's Keeper" Club of high school students involved in the DAKOTA Outreach Program each summer with 45 students and 12 students each winter. This group of well organized students assists the Dakota Children of the Crow Creek Reservation at FT. Thompson, South Dakota. I am proud to be invited each year as a chaperone and provider of daily hands on jewelry making experiences. Ray and his students set up a booth at the pow wow to promote their program.

The Harvest Pow Wow had lots of "pow" and even more "wow" than I was expecting. During part of the opening ceremony, I found myself dancing in the circle with other veterans. As a Vietnam "Era" Veteran serving in a support group in Texas and Germany; this was the first time I have ever been invited to participate.

This all inclusive event had much to offer. The Indian Tacos were delicious and the booths displayed many beautiful artifacts for sale. The dancers and their costumes were awesome and I was surprised to see some dancers in full regalia who looked like my ancestors from Scandinavia.

"Midwest SOARRING Foundation welcomes everyone to the festivities of their intertribal pow wows. Over many years [the] foundation has sponsored two local pow wows: The Honor the Eagle Pow Wow held each May in Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois, and the Annual Harvest Pow Wow held in September at the Naper Settlement in Naperville, Illinois."
"Pow wows are a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share our Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, story telling, and song. The drum, as the heartbeat of Mother Earth, holds a special place beside the arena. Several groups"…"share the honor of singing and drumming at our events"…"The pow wow opens each day with a grand entry lead by veterans carrying flags, and followed by all the dancers dressed in bright regalia characteristic to their specific dance."
        Among many contributions, "S.O.A.R"... "[s]ponsors lectures on the history and
       traditions of the Indigenous cultures, including the pre-Columbian, early historic and
       current eras."

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