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 A dig at Cahokia Mounds has turned up what looks like a prayer bundle.  I'm kind of surprised that this is the first they've found there.  Prayer bundles are pretty typical of magical/spiritual practice across many tribes.
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 [personal profile] helgatwb is helping me figure out how Easy City developed from New Orleans, Slidell, and other cities hooking together into a metroplex ... when people in southern Louisiana don't actually get along all that well.  Read the first discussion post, and chime in if you know this area.
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An Indian university has bred seedless mangoes.  Science is SO AWESOME.
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This story was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer after discussions about our respective characters, the situation with superkids in Polychrome Heroics, and her interest in the U.S. Coast Guard. It also fills the "stranded / survival scenario" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest.

WARNING: This story contains some intense topics. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. There is minor character death, minor grue, a child in danger, refugee status, instinctive use of superpowers, and some other edgy stuff. However, there are people to help and it has a happy ending. Consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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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 in Braille too
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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!
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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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This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] wyld_dandelyon.  It also fills the "test / exam" square in my 1-31-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest, and the "mistletoe kiss" square in my 1-2-13 card for the Trope Bingo fest.  Special thanks to DW user Rosieknight for discussions that helped me to develop Farce's asthma and how it affects her life.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman.  It belongs to the Damask thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] lb_lee.  It also fills the "party / festival" square in my 3-6-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman.  It belongs to the Damask thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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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, "Conserving the Habitats of Unusual Species" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. 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 week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Saturday, July 12 through Sunday, July 20.  (Sorry it's starting so late in the day; I meant to post it this morning, but we're having some schedule challenges here.)  This series is superhero fantasy.  It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering.  Sale prices range from $7.50 to $139.75, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.


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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] moonwolf1988, and [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman.  It also fills the "kidnapping" square on my 6-10-14 card for the Hurt/Comfort Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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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


Full steam ahead ... )

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