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Saturday, June 13th, 2009
12:10 A.M.




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PHOTO HUNT 2009 THEMES


LOCK

This picture below is a pseudo-native american shield. It's a circle piece of leather stretched across a willow twig [just as the real natives did it]....painted to replicate a warrior's shield. With two locks of hair. The darker to the left is Irene's and the lighter is Erik's. Both are from 'first' haircuts way back....30+ years ago.
    From Wikipedia: "Locks of hair carry symbolic value and have been utilized throughout history in various religious, superstitions, and sentimental roles." Shields were carried by hunters and warriors. These shields works of art as well as handy weapons to have during a fight. They were made of tough buffalo skin stretched over bent wood, and decorated with special pictures, symbols, feathers, beads and good-luck charms. Traditional shields are shown in museums, highly valued by collectors of native art, and new shields are created by artists today. Shields represent not only protection in battle, but also spiritual guidance. To the Natives, colors were prominent in their design and thinking: Blue represented North which meant cold, defeat and trouble. White was South representing warmth, peace and happiness. Red was East, the color of the Sacred Fire, blood, and success. Black was West, the color meaning problems and death.





Bud crafted this and now has it hanging in the "Western decor guest bedroom"

44 comments :

  1. Wow, very awesome.

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  2. That's cool. Where is your 55 hun? I can't seem to find it.

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  3. What a fantastic take on the theme and magnificent craft!! Loved reading about the locks.
    Mine is up, happy weekend :)

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  4. "Western decor Guest Bedroom"...Wow! how cool is that?

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  5. What a nice tradition from the Indians. Bud certainly has done a good job of crafting, and the memento of your children's first hair cut too. My daughter's first pony-tail is still wrapped up and in a box... you have set me thinking!
    I am a day behind with myself, having had to go out all day yesterday visiting a friend in hospital. Not a long journey in itself, but the roads very congested with traffic and no where to park, when we got there. It meant parking away and bussing and walking in.
    Catching up with pals posts now.
    Love Granny

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  6. Wow - really great post for this week.

    Hope your weekend is really good, :)

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  7. Loved learning about the shield. I didn't think about the hair aspect of the word "lock".
    Thanks for visiting mine.

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  8. Very interesting, great post! Looks so colorful...

    Enjoy your weekend ;-)

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  9. That is really neat! I love that your kids' hair is part of it.

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  10. What a neat hanging!

    http://eastgwillimburywow.blogspot.com/2009/06/lock-photo-hunter.html

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  11. Wow what a wonderful take on the theme. A great use of locks in a marvellous creation! Happy weekend

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  12. That is so very interesting! Thank you for taking the time to explain everything. And not only interesting, but beautiful too. :)

    Thanks for your visit.

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  13. What a fabulous keepsake. Wonderful take of the week's theme.

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  14. very cool, anni! btw, i like the header very much.

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  15. very cool, anni! btw, i like the header very much.

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  16. That is a nice keepsake. The hair reminds me of my grand-daughters first hair cut, it was waist length, her mom donated it to make wigs for cancer patient. Bud did a good job on the project, hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for the history of the shields with hair.

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  17. that's really nice...if i remember it right, my mother kept a lock of my and my brother's hair somewhere. have a nice weekend.

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  18. Good Idea for lock. Not the Lock that the most post this week.
    Have a great weekend.
    Tina

    http://boscostina.xanga.com/

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  19. Very interesting about a kind of Locks I did not know anything about.

    Bravo for this PH entry

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  20. Very cool take on the theme - and the coolest use of locks of hair that I've seen this morning! Well done!

    Thanks for visiting!

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  21. As usual, a very interesting take on the theme! Their hair was very long for a first cut, eh?

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  22. Very clever. I, too posted locks of hair but not as creatively as you did!

    Here is my lock photo.

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  23. What a clever idea. I'm still trying to get used to saying "cool". In my day it was "neat". Anyway, this is really cool.
    Charlotte

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  24. Now I get it. I couldn't figure out what you meant about locks of hair, since I screwed up the meme and did "look" instead.

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  25. That is a very cool piece of art work -- and made by a family member to boot! :)

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  26. Anni,

    What a beautiful piece of art to have hanging in your home. It's just beautiful.

    Sending you an email.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  27. How cool is that! He is as talented as you are. Have a great weekend, Anni.

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  28. How interesting! Have a great weekend.

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  29. What a great memento. And an interesting take on 'lock'.

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  30. I love the Indian take on "lock." I had a similar yet different take on the theme. Love the commentary, too.

    My post:

    http://cowardscorner-nitwit1.blogspot.com

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  31. I love the way people are really getting creating with the "lock" theme! Yours is great, I love how you turned something special to you into a beautiful craft.

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  32. What a great post Anni. A very special memento. It also reminded me that I could have done a Locks of love post, since my daughter grows her hair for this and I have photos from the last time she had it cut for this charity.

    Have a great weekend

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  33. What a beautiful piece of art and the thoughts behind it. If this hair is from their first haircuts.. they had quite the length, didn't they? Nice job. Thanks for stopping by.

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  34. Obviously you're not the ONLY creative person in your family. Bud is creative also. What a wonderful keepsake you have! Interesting information as well.

    Pinopolis Lock: http://blondesherry.blogspot.com/2009/06/photohunt-lock.html

    Sherry at EX Marks the Spot

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  35. I LOVE this! The colors, in particular, offer such an artistic contrast...

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  36. Thanks for the explanation and sharing the picture.

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  37. Aloha Anni!
    WOW..beautiful piece of art:) Thank you for sharing.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Thank you for stopping by.
    Cindy O

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  38. Very very nice :)

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  39. Creative and diverse...very nice!

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  40. wow this is so interesting!!


    Have started a new meme Pet Pride where you can display your or your friends' pets every week beginning every Sunday! Do join in and share your pet pride with the world!

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  41. Very unique and creative piece of arts!

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  42. Bud's pretty crafty,.... I like it! I am so late in getting around to anyone's blog, but wanted to make sure I visited yours. Have a wonderful week!

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  43. That's a very nice and interesting decorative piece.

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