Passing my early childhood in a part of the Midwestern United States with a prominent Native American minority I developed a great curiosity about the culture of the “Indians” as they were then universally named. We often went to pow-wows and I’ve never forgotten a school trip to the local Indian Junior College that had a fine museum of Native American arts and crafts. The college gave each visiting child a large and beautiful book about the native peoples, a wonderful and very generous gift. I also acquired two artefacts of my own: a local flint arrowhead and from much further afield a battered and rather melancholy kachina doll. I don’t remember how the latter came into my possession but it sparked a deep fascination with these extraordinary objects, so various and strange. Kachinas are now highly collectable but I find many modern examples rather garish and over-realistic in form, though they are often beautifully crafted. Older kachinas however still convey the mythical mystery of their origins in the indigenous cults of the Southwestern tribes. I was reminded of all this by a post at the always excellent Art Blart blog.
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If you were a youngster anytime from the seventies to the early nineties you will most likely find yourself falling happily down the time tunnel that is Internet K-Hole, and you may even spot an image of yourself or your friends. A vast collection of mostly amateur snapshots, enlivened with the occasional photos of some of the youth heroes of the age, this is an exhaustive and fascinating document of the world of young Generation X, evoked so vividly that at times it’s almost painful. The site recently moved to Tumblr from Blogger but the latter is still worth visiting for the extensive archives. Be forewarned that there are a few authentically gnarly nudes on display.
Some delectable 78-RPM era goodness for the classical geeks at The Shellackophile, where I also found this charming, sub-Cubist cover art. I assume it’s all old enough to be in the public domain, so guilt-free downloading is only a few clicks away.
Lots of obscure and eclectic delights at Creep Scanner, my new favourite music blog.
Zero G Sound is a music blog with a strong political slant, featuring an astonishing range and quantity of rare folk, blues, pop, protest, rock, reggae, Entartete Musik and hard to categorize sounds from around the world. Get listening.