Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail

Monday, July 3, 2017

$3 worth of beads from an Athabaskan lady

I bought these pretty beads from a native Alaskan shop in Fairbanks, and the owner told me that, right now, in the fish camps further north, the village women are using the long hours of daylight to do beadwork as they sit in the sun outside their tents. They get up at 5am to prepare the fish, then turn their attention to this artwork. I have noticed how unusual the light here is, and how it sort of mesmerizes, making you want to stay outside as much as possible, so this makes so much sense. What's incredible is the fact that these women are probably in their 70s and 80s. That conversation alone was worth $3 in beads.

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