When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers
They may represent thunderbirds but they also represent something else very nefarious that some of us are not very fond of. I question their appropriateness for this board.ReplyDelete
Would the person who posted the above comment please explain to us what they are talking about.ReplyDelete
I too would like to know how these shapes are offensive. They are as old as humanity itself. And since they really are not "wholey Indian" designs, I would like to know who one can be certain what they meant to the ancient ones practicing the "Native American Religion"ReplyDelete
My wife, Kateri, the artisan of these earrings, and myself, live near Mackinac Island.
We interpret and recreate local, historical Native American artwork.
When I wear these earrings and give a presentation about Great Lakes Native artwork, at least one person brings up Nazi Germany and their use of this symbol.
My first response is to tell the person that we have no association with those inhumane people of
Then I explain where this piece came from, and how it was used.
To support our non-association statement I site the fact that 5 of my great uncles served in the many theaters of WW II. One was 16 and fighting the Nazis in Germany, he was a tanker in Patton's battalion. 2 others were Colonels, and I was raised militarily.
I consider these pieces lucky, because they were the first pieces I had commissioned a beautiful lady to make, whom I married 3 short months later.
Kris Edward Daman
the cross pattee - as this design is known does have a recent history as a symbol of the Third Reich. BUT it is also a fur trade symbol, a crusaders symbol and in simple terms...a cross. I do not believe any offense was intended.ReplyDelete
...and the "Iron Cross" used by the Nazis as an honor-medal (1st + 2nd class) has indeed the same shape, but looks complety different!ReplyDelete
I like them - I would even wear them in Germany!ReplyDelete
Mike in Germany,ReplyDelete
Thank you for the nice compliments.
My mother is half German, which I am very proud of, her family emigrated from Bremen in 1830, and my father lived in Kempton, during the late 1980s.
The period artisans in Germany are incredible.
Kris Edward Daman