Monday, June 23, 2008

amarillo-choctaw

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’ll introduce myself first by telling you that I am Charlene, a registered member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. My Father was Choctaw and my Mother was White. So, I am kinda like the adage pertaining to a glass of water, "half full or half empty". I choose to say, "I am half full of Choctaw, and half empty of White. I have five children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. My two great loves are Indian crafts and quilting.

I was born many winters ago (Indians referred to years as winters) in Bokchito, Oklahoma. Bokchito is a Choctaw word meaning "deep creek". Oklahoma is also a Choctaw word which means "red people". There are many towns in Oklahoma with Choctaw names. My great-great grandfather was a survivor of the Trail of Tears (the Indian removal to Indian Territory) which occurred during the years of 1831 and 1834. I am very lucky to be able to trace my Native American heritage from 1750.

Here is a picture of me in my Plains Indian buckskin dress which I made:



When Madoline Albright was Secretary of State, she started a program, "Embassies in Art". One of my buckskin dresses was chosen to be exibited for 3 years.

I had a retail quilt shop at one time. Hanging on the wall is a quilt of my Native American version of Sunbonnet Sue.



Now, to tell you what I do. I love selling on eBay, which I have been doing since July, 2000.


If I have a specialty, it is Storybook Quilts and/or Storybook quilt blocks. I received a patent on a process I developed for printing onto fabric using a copier or printer (Patent #4,724,468). I collect old books and vintage greeting cards that belong to the Public Domain (and are copyright free), and reproduce them onto fabric for quilt blocks.

Additionally, I like to make Native American regalia, moccasins, and other crafts. You can see all of these items by clicking on the navigation bar on the left side of my eBay store.




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