HO-LY COW! I got an e-mail from my friend Tracy about her giving this year. I've wanted to hear expressions of appreciation for memorable, meaningful gifts. Partly because I don't want to give away what I'm giving and partly because I'm so frequently the recipient of gifts made of pure awesome. Once I read her message for, oh, the bazillionth time thinking that this is a woman who KNOWS how to give, I asked her if I could digest her Christmas list on my blog.
You may recall from a previous post that Tracy is a Caddo artist specializing in fan making. Fans aren't the only thing she can make. These are traditional Caddo necklaces. "Yes, they took a looong time to make. But, they are gonna look great on my girls!"
Not to be outdone, her son made a necklace for each of his sisters and his father. Like his mother he considers each bead and the eventual design it will make. That is quite some bit of work for a tyke. "It is funny to watch him picking out which bead is next. He really has a "thing" with colors." He has plans to make two more. Go little P!
These are traditional Caddo Dushtoohs. "I made new ones because my girls keep growing! I wish they would quit that. So inconsiderate to grow out of the clothes and regalia I make." Not being Caddo, I've never had a Dushtooh. Makes me feel a little sorry for myself. I did have a traditional pair of Nikes once. They were purple and I pronounced them with a long I and a silent E. I think Dushtoohs are prettier, but I'm still not sure how to pronounce them.
She also donated over 250K feet of reel-to-reel audio recordings her grandparents made of Caddo dancing, singing, and talking along with 45 pounds of written language, notes, and journals migrated to CDs. Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, one of my favorite places on earth, recognized this act as more than a simple archival donation. Many tribal languages like Caddo die out with the elders. The museum already found a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics to start working on it. Do you think refrigerator drawings of guys picking their noses and eating their buggers would be as happily received? Hell no! Tracy comes from a family with weight and the entire world will benefit from her gift.￼
I'm not giving away any more of her presents with a presence. For one, I don't want her fam to know what they are getting and for another I'm going to steal her ideas. Just trust me, it pays to be a member of her family. And yes, Tracy, you pass. I'm thinking of something more special for you than molted chicken feathers.
I still want to hear your stories of receiving. I went shopping today with an evil woman who allowed $200ish to slide right out of my wallet. I feel the spirit of giving creeping right into my bones.