Native American Crafts
Richard L. Axtman (axtman@CASTLE.DRC.COM)
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 06:37:48 -0400
To: Kathy Henderson,
Maybe I can be of some help on Native American Costumes. I lived
at Rhein Main Air Force Base in Germany and was a member of the
Black Eagle OA Lodge there, so I know what you mean by not to
many resources being available. However you do have one you may
have overlooked its called "Mail Order."
Send $3.00 for a catalog and handbook to:
Grey Owl Indian Craft Co.
P.O. Box 468
132-05 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11434
They advertise in Boys' Life magazine each month. They offer
a large selection (over 4000 items) such as kits and
hard to find materials to make Native American items with.
Plus they sell craft and Native American reference books.
I highly recommend Indian Craft books written by "Ben Hunt."
He shows you how to make items with detailed drawings. He
was also the man that use to be featured in Boys' Life magazine
for Indian Crafts and wood carving neckerchief slides. When
he illustrated neckerchief slide carving in Boys' Life he
used the nickname of "Whittlin Jim." Go to the library or find
someone, maybe your council, that has old copies of Boys' Life
magazine from the 1950-1960's and you'll find his work.
Grey Owl sells a black and white reprint book of some of his work.
Ben Hunt made color books too, of which I have two. They are great
references for Native American crafts, costumes, wood carving,
beadwork and other camp crafts. He was a true outdoors man.
If you have the ability to receive graphics through your e-mail
messages I could send you some of the pages that might help you.
I have a scanner available and I could scan some of the pages.
What graphics format can you process with your computer?
Do you want: WPG (WordPerfect Graphics)
PCX (PC Paintbrush)
BMP (Windows 3)
JPG (JFIF JPEG)
I can send you files in any of these graphics formats.
I use Netscape Navigator and its e-mail package. Netscape e-mail
lets me receive and send imbedded graphics in my e-mail messages.
If you can't receive graphics through the e-mail I could send you
photocopies a slower way using SNAIL-MAIL (the US POST OFFICE).
I have other resources for Indian Crafts and materials. I'll try
to remember to bring the information and send it to you tomorrow.
I am heavily involved in Native American crafts and cultural events
in New England and I go to Pow-Wows often. There are weekly events in
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
that I attend. This weekend I am taking my Cub Scout Pack (of
32 boys) and their families to an authentic Native American 3 day
Pow-Wow and festival. So that I can continue teaching them about
our local Native Americans, the beauty of their ways and their
If you need anymore help please feel free to ask.
Best In Scouting To You,
Cubmaster Pack 6
Transatlantic Council (1965-70) and Black Eagle Lodge Alumni
PS: I have many fond memories of attending BSA Summer Camp
in GRAFENWOEHR, Germany in the late 60's.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City