Saturday, July 26, 2008

DidgeriSnooze - Sleep Apnea and the Didj

As a past sufferer of sleep apnea (actually, still a sufferer but with less suffering), I was intrigued by You Tube video from a British medical team that maintains that playing the didgeridoo is an effective way to reduce sleep apnea and snoring. My interest was heightened by the knowledge of relatives who also have sleep apnea. I ultimately had surgery, which helped considerably but...

Anyway, I ran across this cool video on You Tube that discusses how learning to play the didgeridoo can ease or eliminate snoring and sleep apnea episodes. I've embedded it here so you can see it without leaving the blog.

If there is someone in your family or circle who could benefit from didgeridoo therapy, why not suggest a didg? It's not that hard to learn to play - unless you want to become a virtuoso. My 14-year-old grandson learned, self-taught, in about a week while we were traveling in Australia.

If you want to buy one, we can recommend an excellent source. Just send us a message at or visit our
TribalWorks web site and use the secure order form to send us an inquiry. (Just ask. You don't have to order.)

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Friday, July 25, 2008

A Trillion Websites

Have you ever wondered why you can't find the web site you are looking for? It concerns us, especially if you are looking for us.

It turns out that, according to Google, there are now one trillion web sites. 1,000,000,000,000.

Not web pages. There are many more of those since many web sites have several pages within them. In fact, Google says the number of pages grows by several billion everyday.

So, just imagine. You enter a search term, say "Native American Jewelry".

Google has to search through its index of a trillion (and growing) web sites to find a few million that will be appropriate to your search term.

What do think the odds are that they will return web sites you are looking for, including ours?

All hope is not lost.

You can improve the chances of finding the site and information you seek if you enter a more extensive search term. This allows Google to discard sites that might answer your broader request but are not what you are looking for.

If you change your search term to "Native American Indian jewelery" you will get closer. If you add "turquoise", the search will get you closer still. Add the word "pendant" or "bracelet" or "necklace" and you will get closer still.

There are a couple more strategies. Enter the actual web site URL (name) you are looking for, in our case, "Native-JewelryLink", and Google will bring up our site in first or second position on the first page.

Alternatively, you can just enter our address, , in your browser window and you will go directly to our site.

One more thing: You also can help us be more visible to others who may be looking for us or what we offer. If you have a personal web site, you can put a link on it to our web site. Similarly, if you publish a personal blog, you can enter a link to our site in it.
(You could also include some nice words about us, if you are so inclined. - Smile)

Since Google considers every link to a web site as a vote of confidence in the contents of that site, your link will help Google find us and will suggest to them that we should show up higher in the result when someone searches for Native American Indian jewelry.

We will deeply appreciate any such links. Just let us know that you are doing it.

Thank you.
Susanne and William Ernest Waites, Aboriginals Gallery

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Institute of American Indian Arts Receives $7.65 Million

Department of Education Awards Funding to Improve, Expand Facilities

Santa Fe, NM – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has announced $7.65 million in grants from the Department of Education to expand campus facilities. The award comes from the Department of Education’s Title III program that provides funding to “improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.”

A $1.65 million grant will support the construction of IAIA’s Foundry and Sculpture Center, a facility that will house the three-dimensional art program of IAIA’s Studio Arts degree. The new building will enable students to study woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics and large scale metal, stone and glass sculpture.

IAIA’s new Science and Technology Building will be supported by a $3 million per year, two-year grant. This building will house a New Media Arts Center with advanced digital technologies and a multi-media presentation theater (to enhance the instruction capabilities of the New Media Arts degree program), a Museum Conservation Center to house IAIA’s National Collection of Contemporary Native American art, along with conservation teaching laboratories to provide students with hands-on training in collections care and conservation, and a Science Center that will contain laboratories and flexible instructional spaces to better deliver the science portion of the general education requirements of IAIA’s degree programs.

Brought to you by Susanne and William Ernest Waites, proprietors of Aboriginals: Art of th First Person, a tribal art gallery with four web presences based on the special interests of tribal art collectors - Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Australian Aboriginal art you can take to the bank

According to The Australian, Australia's national newspaper, Aboriginal art from Titjikala Art Centre will soon adorn National Australia Bank ATM locations in major cities around the Australia.

This support for native artists is reported to be part of efforts by National Australia Bank and the Commonwealth government to encourage self-initiative and economic development among Aborigines, long dependent on their art for economic sustenance.

For more information, visit The Australian here.

For examples of Australian indigenous art, visit TribalWorks, a website devoted to quality tribal art with a special section exploring Australian Aboriginal art and artists.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

New Jewelry Book Signing at SWAIA Indian Market

Southwestern Association for American Indian Art has announced that a special book signing party will be offered on August 21, 2008, at Shiprock Santa Fe, 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, in conjunction with this year's Santa Fe Indian Market.

Dr. Dexter Cirrillo will sign his recently published, Southwestern Indian Jewelry, a sequel to highly regarded earlier volume of the same title. Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase at the event with proceeds going to SWAIA. SWAIA members will receive a 10% discount of the regular price of $55. Evidence of current membership must be presented.

The event will be held from 4 pm until 7 pm.

This notice is presented as a public service by Susanne and William Ernest Waites, who9 will be blogging at this site from Indian Market this year. Waites' maintain four tribal art websites at Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink.

Controversy clouds upcoming Telstra Awards

According to The Australian, Australia's national newspaper, the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards are coming up for criticism concerning the transparency of the competition.

Individual artists submit their works through Aboriginal Art Centres. Allegedly due to concerns about who can submit, who will be accepted and how works will be judged, six Aboriginal Art Centres are reported to have withdrawn previously submitted pieces.

Despite the controversy, Telstra's sponsorship manager has stated Telstra's continuing commitment to the event.

As more information becomes available, it will be reported here.


Brought to you as a public service by Aboriginals Gallery and its partner web sites at ZuniLink, TribalWorks, Native-PotteryLink and Native-JewelryLink.

Folk art market is alive and well

Reports from Santa Fe, New Mexico, say that sales at the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, recently concluded, were up 19% over 2007 sales. Sales at booths handled by the market were $1.45 million. Sales at booths that handled their own sales are still being tabulated. Market attendance also was almost 20% higher in 2008 and than 2007.

This is encouraging news for artists, dealers, buyers and sellers in the tribal art market.
Brought to you as a service to those interested in the world of tribal art by Aboriginals Gallery and its partner websites at Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Experiencing Native arts and cultural expression in the twenty-first century
(SANTA FE, NM) - The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is entering a new partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian and Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts, to expand the annual Native Cinema Showcase, adding an additional downtown venue directly accessible to Indian Market patrons and additional programming.

This will mark the eighth year of the Showcase, presenting new and classic films and videos introduced by the filmmakers, panel discussions, and media workshops for young people. The films celebrate the growing presence of Native cultures and indigenous media on the global stage, and explore issues of common concern to indigenous people worldwide.

Native Cinema Showcase will take place August 21-24, 2008 at the Center for Contemporary Arts and at a new state-of-the-art video venue, the Cinema at Cathedral Park, located just one block from Santa Fe's historic plaza. The Cathedral Park venue will feature family-friendly films that are free-of-charge to the public. Bringing the Native Cinema Showcase to a venue so close to Indian Market creates an opportunity for more people to experience Native culture(s) through a different lens.

Native Cinema Showcase Program partners also include WGBH, the Indigenous Language Institute, the New Mexico Film Office, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Institute for American Indian Art. Native Cinema Showcase will screen more than 25 works from the Arctic Circle to Brazil, directed by filmmakers from more than two dozen tribes and Native nations.

The full program, in PDF form, will be available July 15 at

This information is provided by Aboriginals: Art of the First Person and its partner web sites at Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink, TribalWorks and ZuniLink. Proprietors
Susanne and William Ernest Waites will be blogging from Indian Market again this year.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Buffy Stainte-Marie to appear at IAIA event

This from the Institute of American Indian Arts, posted as received -

Celebrating a Half Century of Native American Art

Santa Fe, NM – The most “happening scene” in Santa Fe this August is one fans of the Institute of American Indian Arts won’t want to miss. IAIA’s annual benefit dinner and art auction “The ‘60s: A Revolution Begins” will celebrate the organization’s founding decade with a special live appearance by legendary musician and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. IAIA founder Dr. George A. Boyce and his wife (and former IAIA staff member) Mrs. Oleta Merry Boyce will be honored posthumously with IAIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hosted by actor Raoul Trujillo and Chief of Protocol for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Jill Momaday Gray, the evening’s festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. at the historic La Fonda hotel on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. All proceeds will go toward student scholarships and support services.

The event is being co-chaired by artist Connie Tsosie Gaussoin and community volunteer Jane Cooper Colman. Tsosie-Gaussoin notes, “We are excited to lend our support to this important event. IAIA has touched the lives of so many Native students, helping them to become successful artists. It feels good to raise more money for much needed scholarships.” Many of these former students turned art world stars are giving back by donating pieces to the auction. Among them are Tony Abeyta, Denise Wallace, Christine McHorse, Doug Hyde and many, many more. Event co-chair Jane Cooper Colman adds, “What could be more important than your education? It is the one thing that can never be taken away from you. The ability to offer an excellent education to talented Native Americans across North America is a win-win for everyone. Everyone should rejoice in the opportunity to support the Institute of American Indian Arts, which in turn supports the arts and artists of tomorrow.”

Special guest Buffy Sainte-Marie became famous for her anti-war songs in the ‘60s. Her name even appeared on White House stationery among those whose music “deserved to be suppressed.” Since that time, she has recorded seventeen albums, three television specials and won an Academy Award for the song “Up Where We Belong.” She has been an instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and her digitally manipulated paintings have appeared at the IAIA Museum, other galleries and museums across the country, and in Canada.

Honoree Dr. George Boyce was instrumental in the formation of IAIA. Appointed its first Superintendent by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1961, Boyce later hired Lloyd Kiva New as IAIA’s first art department director. For many years Boyce shared his administrative talents and extensive experience to benefit IAIA. Dr. Boyce’s family will accept his Lifetime Achievement award on his behalf.

Individual tickets start at $125, but special sponsorship opportunities are available as well. For more information about purchasing tickets or the event, please call 1.800.804.8263 or email . For more information about the Institute of American Indian Arts, please visit


Offered in furtherance of awareness and appreciation of Native American tribal art by William & Susanne Waites, owners of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person and publishers of ZuniLink, Native-JewelryLink, Native-PotteryLink and Tribalworks

Cherokee Tribal Art Festival in NC next weekend

This from Visit North Carolina -

(If the link doesn't work, cut and paste it into your browser)

If you are in the area July 17-19, 2008, this sounds like some time well spent. Enjoy.


Offered in furtherance of tribal art awareness and appreciation by Zuni Link, Native JewelryLink, Native PotteryLink, and Tribal Works by William and Susanne Waites