November 27, 2008

From my Family...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We are very blessed to live in South Carolina. I absolutely love it here. Our church is right next to the Catawba Indian Reservation and so we are closely linked with these good people. We attended a festival honoring them and their craftsmanship. This is the Chief with my 2 cuties.

The art was amazing and touching.

Catawban's are known for their pottery that is smoothed with stones and no glaze is ever used.

Most potters sun-dry their pots before firing them outdoors in a pit or open fireplace, which--depending on how and where wood is placed on or in it during the process--produces a unique mottled pattern of black, tan, orange, and/or or brown that makes the smooth but unglazed final product so distinctive.

This was my sons favorite part of course ;) the arrowheads!

These are the pieces I bought. A little duck and this pitcher.

See this beautiful candle holder below? Well, one of the men we go to church with saw us at the festival. He was there selling his pottery. He was so honored that we would come all the way down there and teach our children about their heritage. We feel blessed to associate with them and learn from their heritage. He told us to wait and came back with this sweet candle holder. All clay and hand crafted. He placed it in my husbands hands and told him to have it and know that we are loved by the Catawba Nation and him. It was so touching. It is so beautiful and sits on my mantle. Each night I light the candle and warmth quickly fills the room because of the love we have for this area and the Catawba people.

So on this day of Thanksgiving, thank you to all my friends in the Blogosphere. Thank you for coming to read what I have to say and see what I think is beautiful. Thanks for your kind words and support. Have a lovely day and enjoy your extended family no matter how crazy they may be. I would give anything to be with all of our family today. Most are in England and scattered around the U.S. and to say I miss them, would be such an understatement.

Laugh, eat, and love today.
Aren't we a lucky group of people to take a day and reflect on the good in life?
Thanksgiving is the best!

xoxo Emily


Kristina P. said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing your experience and their history with us!

Unknown said...

It is a good thing that you and others are attempting to learn the truth.

I am a Waccamaw. My Tribe is from Aynor, SC.

Thank you for teaching your children the truth and sharing that truth through your blog.


Alyson | New England Living said...

What a wonderful outing to take your kids on! It's especially appropriate for this time of year.

I'm the same with extended family. We pretty much never see them on the holidays. Sad, but I think it brings us closer together as a little family.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hi FAMILy! What a beautiful post. YOUR CHILDREN are so adorable. Your son is muy guapo! Tell about that picture on the mantle. Is that Audrey or Fanciful Twist?

I'm so thankful we've reconnected over the past few months. It's filled a hole for me. You are AWESOME! So lucky to be related to YOU!

LOVE the vibe on this blog too!

Chris said...

This is so neat! I love it that your kids got to experience this. Isn't the Chief's traditional dress amazing? Artfully inspiring.

Heather said...

lovely! So happy you all had a nice holiday ! love that painting too ;)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Happy Late Thanksgiving! That is some cool stuff...I love how you are enriched in history...a girl from my own heart!

OldBoatGuy said...

I live next to a reservation also. The Shoshone-Bannock. They are a pround people.