Friday, April 24, 2009


A feather headdress from one of the Cowichan First Nations

A glass negative portrait dated 1894 of a man from the Mandan First Nation wearing a two-feather headdress and holding a feather fan.
The Mandan are a Great Plains tribe whose traditional territory includes the banks of the Missouri River and two of its tributaries: the Knife River and the Heart River. The Mandan suffered greatly from Small Pox and Whooping Cough epidemics which reduced their numbers to 125 by the turn of the 19th century, resulting in their banding with two neighboring tribes: the Arikara and Hidatsa.

Photo by Charles Milton Bell. Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology, now in the U.S. National Anthropological Archives.

Another glass negative, taken in 1893 on the Eastern Plains and depicting members of the Arapaho (Cow) Nation in a Crow Ceremony.

Photo by James Moody. Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology, now in the U.S. National Anthropological Archives.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Head Dressing

Ova Herero women, c. 1940, on the border between Bechuanaland and South West Africa (photo from the Royal Geographical Society).

From the Lewis Walpole Library Collection of prints on hair & wigs and the hairdressers & barbers who created and tended them:
Miss Prattle, consulting Dr. Double Fee about her Pantheon Head Dress
London: Printed for Carington Bowles, February 8, 1772, hand-colored mezzotint

15th century women, France

North American First Nations, California
Two Ugandan men, 1902

Baroque headdresses worn by Paul Richter and Margarete Schon in Fritz Lang's 5-hour silent film saga Siegfried's Tod, made in 1924 and based on an early 13th c Norse epic poem.

The Headdress Ball

a charity event held by Las Floristas every May at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California
1. Lillian Molieri as The Princess of Scheherazade, May 2nd 1952
2. Mrs. Theodore Bentley wearing Freeway - U.S.A., May 5, 1962
3. The Grand March - A Salute to the Seven Lively Arts, May 1, 1965
(images from the L.A. public Library archives)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Memory Palaces

Cathedral domes.


Saturday, April 18, 2009


Thinking of you, Little M - running free at Fox Farm.

a year can be a day

Friday, April 17, 2009

Every Morning

Yoga and a meditation, and this one plays on the mat and on me and under me and then she conks out on my lap.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


for Easter.

Brown and wild rice, sautéed Spanish and red onion, garlic, red pepper, grated carrot, thyme, Hungarian paprika, S&P ...combined and wrapped in steamed cabbages leaves. Top with a simple garlic tomato sauce and bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Martin Margiela

a beautiful comfortable ensemble from his new collection.


par Christian Pineau
Illustrations de Marianne Clouzot
Librarie Hachette, 1960

(thrifted today at the église at St-Zotique and de la Roche)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

happy birthday



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

An April Birthday Present

A breakfast of brown rice everything (milk incl)

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and a package in the mail from my sister and her boys.
Thank you, A, C, D & F.

What treats!