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I continue to be impressed with the Cherokee tradition of linguistic eptitude.  It's one of the few native languages to devise its own writing system, and now it comes it Braille too
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem takes place in Terramagne, even though it came out of the very first Poetry Fishbowl on November 21, 2007, long before Polychrome Heroics was established. Over time I've learned to recognize different worlds and what makes them distinctive, so when I came back across this poem recently, I recognized it as belonging to this setting. This poem was inspired by prompts from LJ users Beetiger and Je_reviens. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.

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I loved this article about the ongoing evolution of regalia at powwows.  

As much as I love the traditional materials, I understand that novelty is a crucial indicator of cultural survival.  If people are only copying the past, then the culture is stagnant.  Tribal spirit depends on each individual finding their own dreamvision.  So if a person's regalia is exuberant and unique -- if they're incorporating current resources into their outfit -- then it's a healthy sign of a living, growing culture.  Then when you see the traditional work, it's about the challenge of keeping the old ways alive, taking a consistent set of materials and learning what you can do with those.  Innovation there looks a bit different.  And then there's fusion, where you might see someone making motherboard lines in quillwork and beads. 

Hints of this show up in my writing occasionally.  The Iron Horses are a superpowered, intertribal, motorcycle gang over in Polychrome Heroics.  Their uniforms are a cross between regalia and biker leathers.  That was inspired by something I've seen a lot of tribal folks doing, where they'll take their cultural background and look for a way to merge it with whatever their contemporary interests are.  It's not something that only exists in the past.  Native culture is still here, and it interacts with the mainstream, sometimes in breathtaking ways.

And you can see it in my aesthetic tastes: my favorite dances include men's traditional, men's fancy dance, jingle dress, and hoop.  A pretty even mix of classes that are straight historic and ones that have the most modern influence.  *ponder*  Though after having recently seen a white girl in a circus who did a brilliant hula routine with holographic hoops, I have to say I would really like to see what a native dancer could do with a set of blinged-up hoops.  Because fusion is awesome.  Traditional is awesome.  Modern is awesome.  Dance ALL the things!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "moving" square of my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Danso thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt sessions, and fills the "food" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. It is posted here in trade for a piece of demifiction in my P.I.E. setting. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Note that it's early in Damask's story arc, despite being published after a bunch of other stuff, so the character interactions are at an earlier stage.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and posted here in trade for a matching poem that she wrote about these characters, "Brothers, Fathers, and Uncles."  It fills the "songs from childhood" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "loss of hearing" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. This is a collaborative effort, as Bethan was created by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (she's the driver of the zoom ambulance in "Keeping Warm") and then I filled in some of the other family members and background.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer tipped me to this fascinating article about Naia, the oldest paleoamerican skeleton found. 
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It fills the "diplomacy" square on my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the July 1, 2014 fishbowl reaching the $200 goal. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It's a sequel to "The Ones Who Would Do Anything" and won't make much sense until you have read that first.

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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read the whole poem "When the Road Is Bent."  Learn what opportunities and complications the caravan has brought for Victor and Igor.
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This poem is from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles, [livejournal.com profile] moriwen1, [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, [livejournal.com profile] technogeekslass, and DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "holly" square in my 6-18-14 card for the Christmas in July Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series The Steamsmith.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  Remember that this series costs double.  The rate is $1/line, so $5 will reveal 5 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses. So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] marina_bonomi

134 lines, Buy It Now = $134
Amount donated = $34
Verses posted = 8 of 37

Amount remaining to fund fully = $100
Amount needed to fund next verse = $4
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4


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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer made this awesome bookmark as demifiction for the Schrodinger's Heroes series Don't Try This at Home.  TeJay is using this to keep his place in a library book.

The Mix It Up at Lunch project is a real activity designed by Teaching Tolerance.  There are lots of resources on the site explaining how it works.
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Here is an interesting essay about stories and who has the right to tell them.

My stance is that everyone has the right to create whatever they are inspired to create. They also get to decide whether or not to share that with anyone else.

Then it is the audience's turn. They might like the story. They might hate it. That's up to them.

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One woman, 25 photoshop jobs from different countries.

You look fine.  It is physically impossible to please everyone because they all want different things.  This project just makes that more dramatically visible.
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] paka and [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.  It has been opened for crowdfunding with a donation from [livejournal.com profile] zianuray.  This poem also fills the "major illness" square on my 6-10-14 card for the Hurt/Comfort fest.  It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] little_lynnet, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, general fund, Anthony & Shirley Barrette

FULLY FUNDED
364 lines, Buy It Now = $182
Amount donated = $10
Verses posted = 5 of 104

Amount remaining to fund fully = $172
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50


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 This project features one of my favorite parts of history, Custer's Fight at the Greasy Grass, aka Battle of the Little Bighorn.  Kickstarter is funding an original graphic novel.  The fundraiser is almost at goal and almost over, so jump quick if you're interested.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer commissioned this story as an extension of the Don't Try This at Home series in the Schrodinger's Heroes project; it will make more sense if you've read the earlier installments, including the new poem "Moving Through the Water."  It also fills the "competent" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest and the "heart on sleeve" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

WARNING: This story covers Eric's apology to TeJay for bullying him, so it contains some intense feelings and conversations. If these are sensitive issues for you, it's prudent to make sure you're in a steady frame of mind should you decide to read it.

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The fight isn't over yet, but the Redskins trademark has been cancelled as racially offensive.  Link courtesy of my partner Doug.

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