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TEASPRESSA Sip & Shop

Teaspressa Sip & Shop

Date: Sunday, February 10th

Time: 10-2pm

Location: Teaspressa 4628 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix Az 85018

Come celebrate Teaspressa Valentines Sip & Shop, Enjoy discounts on food and drinks while shopping local Artists.

TEASPRESSA
4628 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85018

Made With Love

Made With Love

Date: Saturday, February 9th

Time: 9-1pm

Location: 388 N.Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ

A family friendly market featuring trendy, handmade, and local items curated and made with love. Located in downtown Gilbert.
Saturday February 9th from 9-1pm

Rhodochrosite_ The Stone of Love

The Stone of Love – Rhodochrosite Metaphysical Properties

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to learn more about Rhodochrosite and stone, also known as the stone of love. Rhodochrosite jewelry is known for its rosy pink hues. It can range from a pale pink to a darker raspberry tone.

Also called the stone of the compassionate heart, this charming love stone helps bring joy to oneself, helps to heal old wounds, and helps to love oneself and others unconditionally.

History of Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite, known as Rosa del Inca or Inca Rose, was found in pre-Colombian silver mines back in the 13th century. At that time, the area was known as Tahuantinsuyo and was located within the Inca Empire. Viracocha or Inca Ripac, an Incan ruler during that time, took credit for discovering the lovely crystals within the mine.

Incans believed the beautiful deep pink-red deposits were actually the crystallized blood of their ancient rulers. As the Incan Empire declined, they abandoned the mines which remained untouched for about seven hundred years. During this time, rhodochrosite stalactites and stalagmites formed in the mine and grew to be enormous.

rhodochrosite1That same rhodochrosite deposit began to be mined again in 1937 by a German geologist by the name of Franz Mansfield. He had about 10,000 pounds of rhodochrosite extracted and used for creating jewelry.

According to a legend, there is a deep cave underneath the Andes Mountains where a huge heart-shaped rhodochrosite boulder is located. This boulder is thought to be the heart of Mother Earth. The locals believe the boulder, or Mother Earth’s heart, beats only once every two hundred years. They keep the boulder well-protected.

Rhodochrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral that often forms with thin creamy white, pale pink, tan, or brown stripes. The white or pink stripes are usually crystalline manganocalcite formations, although occasionally they are layers of chalcedony. Deep brown stripes are layers of a zinc-rich material known as capilliite.

Rhodochrosite Meaning

Rhodochrosite symbolizes love of all kinds. Love of oneself, love of others, spiritual love, love of Mother Earth, and universal love all echo the meaning of rhodochrosite. This deep pink to red gemstone resonates with the heart to promote the love.

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It helps to heal old wounds so that you can love yourself again and feel worthy of the love of others. This beautiful deep pink stone is perfect for finding and renewing old love, and making a new loved one feel confident in the relationship.

This is a special stone to me as it is one I kept close at hand before my mother passed. When I wore it, it reminded me of the love we shared as mother and daughter. I also kept it as a reminder to love myself during the hard times. No matter the love that you are seeking help with, keeping a piece of Rhodochrosite near you will surely remind you that love is everywhere!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Rhodochrosite healing properties and its beautiful meaning. Make sure to check out our pieces with this beautiful pink stone in them.

XOXO DeeDee

Everything About Native American Pow Wows

Everything About Native American Pow Wows

Happy New Years to you all! As 2019 is upon us and in one short week I will be another year older, I’ve been thinking more and more about the heritage we carry with us. Sometimes, it’s subtle – like the way we prepare food – and sometimes our heritage comes to the forefront, mostly during large, joyful celebrations.

Personally and most recently for my family, this meant enjoying the Holidays with lots of Tamales, Menudo, and then welcoming the New Year with Chicken and Poblano Soup.

That gave me an idea. I want to introduce you the most joyous, extraordinary celebration of Native American traditions and heritage – Native American pow wows!

What Is a Pow Wow?

In short, a (modern) Native American pow wow is a gathering of people that serves to celebrate and appreciate all the Native American traditions, culture, and heritage.

A pow wow includes formal dancing, music, singing, feasting, and an all-around good time – but don’t confuse it with a party. What pow wows represent, what they truly are, is a way to keep the Native American traditions and culture alive – a way to enjoy and appreciate them. Some pow wows are private, while others are open to the public. So, if you ever have a chance to attend one, don’t miss out – it’s an amazing experience!

Native American Pow Wow

Native American tribes had their own celebrations after successful hunts, food gathering, name-giving celebrations, etc. One of them evolved into the modern pow wow.

Some believe that the word pow wow actually comes from the old word for a medicine man, Pau Wau, in the language of the Algonquian people.

Throughout the 19th century, at a time of great troubles for the Native Americans, pow wows were common in the Great Plains. During that time, pow wow served as a celebration of rich Native American culture. Many tribes would gather to dance, perform music, and continue their traditions. What was most emphasized was generosity and the exchange of gifts, so the many tribes had another purpose – affirming friendship among people.

As time went by, the old pow wows grew into the modern pow wow – a great festivity where Native American heritage is honored, and almost every aspect of the culture appreciated with love and care.  

Native American Pow Wow Music

Music is extremely important for every pow wow. In fact, everything that happens during the celebration revolves around music! There’s no pow wow without the beat of the drum and the singers’ enchanting voices.

The drums are hand-made and the musicians, all part of a group sometimes called simply Drums, are often at the very center of the dance area. That way, the drums reverberate through the whole arena, and not only does it provide accompaniment to the dancers, but the vibrations also radiate so that the music you hear on pow wows reaches deep inside you.

Native American Pow Wow Music

Native American Pow Wow Dancing

When it comes to dancing, pow wows are spectacular! Dancers do their regalia and move around the main circle, dancing to the beats of the drum, displaying their own style of dance. There are several styles, some for men, and others for women, and each of them may be a part of a dancing contest.

Some of the men’s styles are Grass dance, Fancy dance, Traditional dance (Southern and Northern).

Women’s dance styles you can find on pow wows are Fancy Shawl, Traditional, Buckskin or Cloth.

The most wonderful of all is the intertribal dance. That is the moment when everyone, every single tribe is invited to dance inside the circle while the drum sings its song. As a spectator, you may be invited to dance and celebrate Native American culture. If you don’t know what to do, don’t be scared! Just look at what others are doing, and be considerate of the people around you.

When Is the Next Native American Pow Wow?

There’s no pow wow season – they happen all year round! They usually last one whole weekend, so if you want to visit – plan your trip. Here are some pow wow happenings in January 2019:

  • You can attend the 19th Annual Morning Star Pow Wow on January 1st in Bel Air, Maryland.
  • The 3rd Annual Winter Pow Wow starts on January 26th, and ends January 27th, in Red Cliff, Wisconsin.
  • If you’re up for a longer trip, you can attend the Dakota Nation Winter Fest on January 31st in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

This next pow wow isn’t in January, but I simply have to tell you about it!

  • The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is the largest pow wow in the States, where more than 150000 spectators, and more than 3500 dancers, gather to enjoy and celebrate Native American cultures.

It’s an unforgettable experience, crackling with energy, love, with appreciation, and after it’s done, I’m sure you’ll be wondering how come the time flew by so quickly! The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow happens on April 25-26, rain or shine, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Native American Pow Wow in Arizona

  • Shonto New Years Pow Wow lasts from December 30 to December 31 in Shonto, Arizona. This gathering is family friendly, so if you want your little ones to get to know Native American culture, this pow wow is a perfect opportunity.
  • The Apache Gold Casino will be hosting a pow wow on March 2-3 in San Carlos, Arizona. There will be hundreds of dancers, and music that you can’t help but fall in love with!
  • Another family-friendly pow wow will be held on March 23. The 15th Annual Westwood High School Social Pow Wow is yet another opportunity for you to get to know dances, music, and arts and crafts specific to Native American culture.
  • The 37th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow is scheduled for March 16-17 in Tuscon, Arizona. It’s Tuscon’s largest pow wow!

I hope this introduced you to the magic of pow wows! If you can’t attend one during 2019, but still want a small part of Native American culture to be close to your skin, check out some of the Native American jewelry in our store. Every piece is designed by Native American designers, and their modern look is imbued with rich tradition and heritage.

XOXO DeeDee

TEASPRESSA Holiday Pop Up

Teaspressa First Sunday’s Pop Up

Date: Sunday, January 6th

Time: 10-2pm

Location: Teaspressa 4628 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix Az 85018

Come celebrate the first Pop Up of the Year and celebrate my fellow Capricorn’s Birthdays! We have 3 local vendors enjoying January Birthdays including myself so it will be a great time!
See you Sunday!

TEASPRESSA
4628 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85018

Southwest Native American Culture and Traditions

Southwest Native American Culture and Traditions

With the Holidays here it makes me think a lot about culture and tradition, and about the way we incorporate our heritage in our everyday lives. This can be through little superstitions, or how we prepare meals, or the lullabies our parents used to sing to us and we now sing to our children. My favorite way of incorporating my culture is through jewelry, and when it comes to the Southwest Native American traditions, jewelry is one of the more important ways we stay connected to our heritage.

So, this time I really want to tell you all about Southwest Native American culture and traditions the way they were centuries ago.

More than 12000 years ago, there were already people in North America. Scholars estimate that by the 15th century more than 50 million people already called North America their home. Because it’s all really overwhelming, academics divided them into “culture areas,” rather than studying them by tribe or community.

So, in the North American territory (excluding present-day Mexico) there are 10 of these areas: the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Plains, the Great Basin, California, the Northwest Coast, the Plateau, and the one I’ll tell you all about in this blog post – the Southwest!

The Southwest Native American Tribes

Before we get into the Southwest Native American culture and tradition, I just want to mention that there cannot be only one culture and tradition. Even though the scholars decided present-day Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Mexico are all a part of a one “culture area,” the truth is every tribe is distinct. There are similarities, but if you want to learn more about a people, you should really focus on one tribe.

The tribes of the Southwest people can be categorized, by their way of life, into three categories: the farmers (the Yuma, Prima, and Mojave tribes), the villagers (the Zuni, Hopi, and Pueblo), and the nomads (the Apache and Navajo). Because of their ways of life, and the nature surrounding them, they developed their own, particular cultures and traditions. They are alike in some ways and different in others – like all cultures!

So, the nomadic tribes – the Navajo and the Apache – were in constant movement and survived by hunting and gathering. Unlike the other tribes, their homes were less permanent, like the Navajos hogans, homes made of mud and bark. They didn’t stay in one place, so they didn’t need to worry about making their homes long-lasting!

The other tribes, farmers and villagers, had a different kind of life. They made “real” settlements, the ones that can survive for a good long while. Many lived in pueblos, homes built of stone and adobe that we can compare to apartment buildings of today.

The languages you’ll find in the Southwest area are Siouan, Algonquian, Uto-Aztecan, Caddoan, and Athabaskan. What’s really amazing is that a sign language also developed between these tribes – it was used to overcome language barriers so that they could communicate with each other!

The Southwest Native American Culture

To me, one of the more interesting and amazing aspects of the Southwest Native American culture is that it’s matrilineal. So, the ownership of livestock and other properties followed the female line. Unlike the more “western” cultures, the Native American culture of the Southwest meant that children were born into matrilineal societies, and when the men married, they would stay with the wife’s clans, not the other way around!

To take the example of the Navajo – when a child is born, whether it’s a girl or a boy – it takes the mother’s clan (not the father’s), and when a couple is married, it’s the groom who moves to the bridal home. Another Navajo belief is that each of our bodies is made of two halves – one male, the other female – and they are completely equal and exist as one.

Within a settlement, the entire extended family lived and worked together, with everyone (men and women equally) contributing to the agricultural processes. While the Native American women claimed a more equal status among the community, it was the men – the heads of households – who would gather to form community decisions (and if anyone knows of women participating in them, please let me know!).

These men – band leaders – were like a loosely organized council, and they would deal with only public happenings and unrest. But what was most important to the individual for their identity was the tribe, not the band leader.

Southwest Native American Culture

The Southwest Native American Traditions

Traditions stem from beliefs and culture, so it’s important to note here that the Southwest tribes’ religion and ceremonies are all based on animism – the belief that within each object in the universe resides a spirit.

Again, unlike the “western” cultures, Native American tribes believe souls and spirits are a natural part of humans, plants, animals, and also many natural forces – the rain, caves, rivers, mountains, the sun. The notion that Native Americans are “so connected” with nature likely stems from these beliefs. But all it really means is that Native American tribes have a deep respect to nature.

Ceremonies that Southwest Native Americans often practice are the winter and summer solstices – the Soyal festival, for example, is the winter solstice ceremony performed by the Zuni and the Hopi tribes. Prior to the ceremony, Paphos (prayer sticks) are made to bless the entire community. Sacred ritual chambers, called kivas, are also opened as a part of the ceremony.  

There are so many fascinating details about Southwest Native American traditions and culture that it was really hard to pick these! I hope you understand why I find them so beautiful and amazing. There’s really no question about how I and all the Pink Camel designers get inspiration for our work!

If you want a piece of the Southwest and the amazing culture and traditions of natives to always be by your side, check out the Pink Camel Boutique! Every piece of jewelry was exquisitely handcrafted by Native American designers, and made in a way that seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern.

XOXO DeeDee