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March 10, 2013

An artist’s eye

Oakwood woman’s photos, crafts on display

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One of the items on display at the library is a bison skull that Easley has decorated with mosaic tiles. She also has a smaller deer skull, with antlers, in a mosaic motif.

Many of her Native American items use turkey feathers, which she obtains at powwows and festivals such as Feast of the Hunter’s Moon. She uses only embellishments that are legal, such as the turkey feathers (instead of eagle feathers, for example, which are restricted by law).

When she gets turkey feathers, she goes through a process of washing, disinfecting and drying them.

The turkey feathers come in a variety of colors and sizes, and can be fashioned into fans.

Easley also has a spear on display, which has been decorated with deer skin and feathers, as well as a hand-carved walking stick. Another item is a wooden dance stick (carried by dancers) that resembles a palomino horse, complete with a flowing white leather mane and real horse hair tail. There’s also a dance stick with a dream catcher at one end.

Also on display is a deer skin shield that she decorated with her own handprint; her special colors of turquoise, black and burgundy; feathers and beads. Many of her items have beads in red, yellow, black and white — representing the four directions.

Easley has made about 100 purses, including one made of bison hair. For the display, she brought a white deer skin pouch, complete with deer hooves and beads, to hold sweet grass; a small pouch with an abalone shell; and a larger buckskin pouch.

All of the items were made by Easley; her Native American friends taught her how to do the crafts.

Easley’s photos capture a variety of subjects, but most are of nature and animals. One photo is a close-up of the nails left behind on a utility pole after the yard sale signs were removed.

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