There isn’t much to photograph at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida; however, if you like history, there is plenty to learn about this place. Seminole War Chief Osceola was once imprisoned here, along with several other Native Americans.
From “A Word in Your Ear” photo challenge, this week’s word is Workers. I didn’t think I had many photos of workers, but apparently I do.
As a traveller, I wouldn’t recommend Southern Illinois to be a destination to visit unless you plan to die of boredom. However, there is a lot of history and places worth stopping if you happen to be going through the area. This statue is tucked away in an area called Glen O. Jones Lake in Saline County.
Tucumseh was a Shawnee chief who fought the whites to keep his native traditions alive. His teachings can be appreciated by people of all beliefs:
*So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
*Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
*Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
*Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
*Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
*Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
*Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
*If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
*Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
*When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
*Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
I love all animals, but I haven’t had much experience with horses except for photographing them. I often wonder if they can read the human mind, because of the way they react.
The symbolism of horses varies from person to person, but for the most part, they represent both freedom and responsibility. Horses are meant to hold a lot of weight and do a lot of work, thus they represent power.
These are some photos I’ve taken of horses that belong to Native Americans.
This was my very first Native American doll, brought to me from Cherokee, North Carolina. She used to have braided thread-like hair with a headband and feather, but either the dog got it or something else.
This is her original dress, which is very faded.
The underside of the dress has retained its original color. There is also a tag on the backside that reads: MADE IN HONG KONG
Now for some “real” Native dolls. I took these photos at various Native American festivals. Unfortunately, I am unaware of their origin. (If anyone has any helpful info, I’d certainly appreciate it!)
Obviously, some of these are not handmade.
This one appears to be very similar, but much smaller, as my own doll.
These appear to be made of straw or corn husks.
The Jingle Dance is performed by Native American women, and its origins began with the Chippewa tribe. Traditionally, the jingles on the dress were made with tobacco cans, but today they can be made of other tin materials. The dancer carries a feather fan, often made of eagle feathers, and wears a feather headpiece.