Apr 27, 2011

Noora's Hooping Blog :: My Interview

My friend Noora from Finland has a hooping blog and today she posted an interview of Bhakti Omwoods, "a weird hooper", that you can read here. That resonates with me, I believe my niche has been discovered. 
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Last Saturday I spent the afternoon with Noora, her sister Riika, Nelli, Kaisu, Salla, Daisy and some other hoopers at Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki. It was fun despite my cold, feverish condition - girls made a video of it too. Here's Noora rocking it out...
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...while we are busy chilling.
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Pics by Nelli and Noora.

Apr 26, 2011

Valtterin Kirppis :: Day at the Valtteri Flea Market

On Sunday Kaisu and I packed the car around 7AM with tons of old clothes and headed to Helsinki for the Valtteri Flea Market. It's a huge hall and there are some tables outdoors too. We stayed until the end, 3PM, and were able to get rid of a massive amount of stuff although at times it was a bit heartbreaking to see some dress you love so much get a new home. Even if that dress never fit me. Weird. An exercise in letting go of unnecessary attachments :)
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Below is Kaisu with a shirt she made and drew the picture on. Beautiful.


Kaisu scored a hammock for real cheap and I found these brand new purple pants.

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It was a lot of fun and I met some cool people. Some of them may be reading this now, hi there! Alright, I'm heading back to the hammock.

Valtteri Kirpputori

Apr 25, 2011

Alela Diane and Mariee Siouxx :: Folk Miracles

I just discovered these wonderful, soulful singers and songwriters, with Good lyrics and Beautiful voices. They are both of Native American heritage and you can hear it through many of their songs. They seem to be friends and have sung together too. On the left, Alela Diane and on the right, Mariee Sioux.
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Apr 23, 2011

Fairy Dolls

Check out these adorable fairy dolls I found at Fairy Studio Kallies! Ok guys I don't know about you but the next thing I'm going to do is google 'polymer clay'. What is that stuff. I want to make fairies too!! 
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Aren't they cool?! The Avatar one is so cute. I'm just sitting here fairying away, having a cold and fever, went to a hooping picnic today at Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki with Noora, Riika, Nelli, Kaisu, Salla, Daisy and whoever else came by, it was super nice and the weather was warm. Tomorrow I'll be in Helsinki again, at the Valtteri Flee Market, selling millions of used clothes, jewelry, hoops and such. Hopefully I'll completely recover overnight. Much love everyone ❤

Apr 20, 2011

The Roots of Hoopdance :: Tony Duncan, Native American dancer

Tony Duncan won the 2011 World Hoopdance Championship in Arizona. He's also a flute player and tours with his band Estun-Bah and other family performers. Here the youngest member studies the master :)

Learning from the Master

Starting them Young

Original, Native hoopdance is like storytelling. Dancers create shapes with the hoops - animals, different nature elements, flowers, eagles - and move from one formation to another. I saw Native hoopdance once in upstate New York and it's really captivating to witness. Here's Tony Duncan's winning performance from last February:


There's a definitive spiritual aspect to Native hoopdance as the hoop represents connectedness and the circle of life. Black Elk (1863-1950), a Sioux holy man, said: 
"You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves."

Apr 19, 2011

How to Save a Birthday in 5 Creative Steps

1. Suppose you stay up until 1 or 2 am watching movies with your sister. You wake up the next day as the sun shines on your face through the window, and realize that today is her birthday. You wanted to but didn't manage to get her anything. You yawn and scratch your eye while thinking real hard
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2. Then it hits you. A GIFTCARD! You grab paper, thin color markers and scissors. Cut the paper to look like a fancy round-edged, folded card.
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3. Think of something you can make or give at any time like a dinner, trip to the forest, meditation session, or what I'm going with - a massage. You have nothing to lose so give your card a magnificent heading. Then draw something appropriate on it such as my signature Fairy Bunnies. You might want to sketch it with pencil first.
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4. Color the card jubilantly and draw something on the inside. I'm drawing here what's at the end of the massaging arms - another Fairy Bunny. Then write what you're giving but keep it realistic. My text says: 30 minutes of wonderful massage by yours truly, anytime!
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5. And the end result should look like you poured all your love and creativity into it. That's the idea :)
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6. Onnea means congratulations. And then as the birthday person wakes up and slouches downstairs from her bedroom, sneak on her and start singing 'happy birthday to you' in a really high pitch, jump up and down in excitement, hug her, and present your gift card.
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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MINNA! 
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TIP: When the birthday person is absorbed in examining the card, you can make a stealth run at the cake.
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Apr 18, 2011

The Most Beautiful Woman on This Particular Planet

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...is Buffy Sainte-Marie. IMHO. I put together this video of her song Qu'appelle Valley Saskatchewan with pictures of her (and other fitting pics that I came across). I just love the spirit of that song.
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Buffy wrote the classic Universal Soldier in 1964 for her first album It's My Way! and that song became really famous when Donovan covered it. Joan Baez did too. And she won an Oscar for Up Where We Belong. I just remember hearing her records since I was a kid -- I would look at the back cover of Sweet America in awe... So soulful and pretty :)
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She was on the US government's black list in the 60s for opposing the Vietnam war and in the 70s for being a Native rights activist. When she was invited to TV shows those times they told her not to talk about issues because it's "unfashionable" but her attitude was cool: "I'm not interested in being hip so much as being effective. I wanted to change things, not just be a loudmouth complaining about things."
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Lately Kaisu and I have been singing Native music, especially this one song about old shoes. I'm thinking of recording it soon and putting the notes and words for it up here, in case you would like to learn it too. Some time ago I looked online for resources to learn Native American songs but couldn't find any -- I had to go all vintage and rummage around in actual libraries with shelves and ceilings to find any notes. So I got this bright idea that I'll start posting those songs here as I figure them out, notes, melody, words and all. Stay tuned :)

Apr 17, 2011

Street Performing in Helsinki :: hoop dance & poi



PS. It was 2 Celsius/ 35 Fahrenheit that night. Typical Finnish spring.
PPS. We made maybe 15 euros.
PPPS. Next time I'll go in the day time. If I'll go. I'm kind of wanting to. It was so much fun. What can I say, I'm a Leo - I like to perform! And be a princess. I mean, the princess. Hee hee :P

Apr 15, 2011

Fairylicious Paintings by Josephine Wall

I just found the most beautiful, fairylicious paintings ever. Josephine Wall was born in the UK in 1947 and has painted since her childhood. Along with an extensive online gallery with tons of pics, she has some really good things to say on her website too:
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"Artists have been given a fabulous gift, but with it come great responsibilities. We have the chance to change the world by portraying images of how life could be and how it should be. No message is more powerful or has more impact than an image created by an artist driven by a desire to preserve all that is good in our world, and to vanquish all that is against nature. Yet another theme dear to my heart is to include a message encouraging conservation, as I wish that mankind would do everything possible to protect our precious and beautiful planet, and heal the damage we have already inflicted."
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"My main concerns are pollution and de-forestation. I wish that man would no longer be ruled by greed, but just enjoy the simple things of life – most of which are free. We seem to be living in a throwaway world where skill and craftsmanship are undervalued."
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"Why do artists nearly all have a great passion for, and appreciation of, Nature? I believe it is due to their sensitivity and ability to observe more closely and be open to act as a channel for the energy of Mother Earth."
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You can also get her paintings as wallpapers! Just go here. As I've been putting this post together and drinking my morning tea, going through all Josephine's pictures, I must say I'm pretty fairied out at this point -- which is excellent considering my plan for this Friday night! Kaisu and me are going to downtown Helsinki to create a fun little dimension of hooping and poi, with music blasting from a speaker, and basically do some serious hilarious street performing. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Which painting is your favorite of all these? Two that strike me the most are the sixth one, The Spirit of Flight, and the second to last one Aurora (painting the dawn). Yesterday we just talked about this with Kaisu while looking at the sunset sky -- how the Creator is the greatest artist with perfectly beautiful and eccentric eye for colors :) I like what that says about Him.

Apr 12, 2011

Mysterious Viking

Hee hee we're just a bunch of goofballs aren't we. I got this great idea that I'm going to start making videos of my friends because I like making videos and am tired of making them just of my own lame hooping time after time so here we go.
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Apr 10, 2011

Dark Gothic Me

My photographer sister Minna and I went to our grandparent's house. It's a three centuries old manor and the perfect place for some Dark Arts which you will see below. Also, remember my recent shopping jubilation? This is what I got. I've been exploring the non-color-burst side of myself and, almost to my surprise, feel extremely comfortable and well expressed if that makes sense. Of course it's a bit funny to wear clothes that are generally associated with heavy metal music and such as that's probably the only type of music I don't listen to. Oh well never say never. Who knows where this road will take me. Yes, no boxes please. Yes, be free. Yes, it snows in the Finnish spring.
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Photographer:
Minna Kulmala
Minna's new Facebook

Apr 9, 2011

Hopi Prophecies :: The Earth is your Mother, She holds you

A shelf my hubby made years and years ago :)
"The earth is your mother, she holds you.
The sky is your father, he protects you.
The rainbow is your sister, she loves you.
The wind is your brother, he sings to you.
Never a time this was not so. Hoka-hey-ho."
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"When the birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow."

Apr 8, 2011

Full of Winds :: a song ::



 by Omwoods


FULL OF WINDS
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at night when everyone's asleep
I leave the monastery
and go glitter yellow
by the shore
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you come before me wise
and full of winds
you come before me wise
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I write a letter to a sage of yore
put it in a pretty envelope
and watch it float
on the waves
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you come before me wise
and full of winds
you come before me wise
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city lights calm my ache
my ache is a breeze
that you released
on the other side
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you come before me wise
and full of winds
you come before me wise
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at night when everyone's asleep
I walk the streets alone
and go glitter yellow
by the shore
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you come before me wise
and full of winds
you come before me wise



Apr 6, 2011

Enough Heroin For One Day

I roamed around the sunny but snowy Helsinki and got a few things a several things all the things I've been dreaming of for months now (that will remain secret for now hee hee). Well after the craziest shopping splurge in my life ever I tried to reduce my consumerism footprint and had a soulful session at the busy Helsinki subway station. With Kaisu we sat down in a nice spot, on warm blankets we brought, and played jouhikko (that Kaisu played here too), drum and harmonium and chanted Hare Krishna and sang some Native American music. We had Krishna books and magazines out too. You know, the usual, ever-expanding, ever-fresh total bliss.


I must say chanting is more satisfying than shopping. But new clothes are fun too of course. Until they get old and you get bored and want some new ones again. Pretty temporary pleasure. But repeatable. I guess that's the problem - material attachments that bring you back again and again, life after life, to run after things that won't indefinitely satisfy you anyway. Somehow my desires are not on the same level with my brain. Hmmmm... Aummm.... :D

At the station we bumped into Kaisu's friend at an interesting heroin spot (see the text on the board). Helsinki representing.


A moment earlier Kaisu had found a fascinating rock.