Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Christine Tracy, honored as Head Woman at California Hethushka powwow on March 2, 2008 in Torrance, CA


Chris and Don Tracy


What an honor! Chris was asked to be the head woman dancer at the California Hethushka & powwow on March 2, 2008 in Torrance, CA. Thank you Jerry and Diana Smith for putting in the recommendation!


Dancers at the Hethushka


In recent years Don has been dancing in the Hethushka war dance every March. Chris has always been there to support him, dancing in place at the side of the arena when necessary thoughout the afternoon and evening. It was quite an honor to be asked this year to be on the Sunday powwow head staff.

Chris has been a part of the Southern California Native American community for many years. Both she and her husband, Don, are well respected on the Southern California Powwow Trail. She was brought into the arena by Merle Big Medicine, Southern Cheyenne. Merle considers Chris as one of her daughters and is very proud of Chris’ beadwork.



Frank Turley, Darry Wood, Ty Stewart, Ricky Hindman-Burt (Ponca) and Sandy Rhodes posing for a picture. Listed from left.



Chris and Don Tracy at giveaway


So many things to do to get ready for the Special besides running the Internet business and Dancing Bear craft supply booth! Chris asked Ben Hale, Dine, a close family friend and well known member of the Southern California Hale family, to speak for her. Always an elegant speaker, he did a wonderful job! Thank you Ben!



Barry Hamilton, Don & Chris Tracy thanking Jerry & Diana Smith


Chris also invited her good powwow dance buddy, Carolyn Reyes (Ojibwee), to be her assistant and help her dress for the powwow Sunday morning. Carolyn also made sure Chris was on time to start each dance during the afternoon! Not much time for visiting at the side of the arena when you are Head Dancer! Carolyn is an elegant, accomplished and champion traditional jingle dress dancer. In 2006 she placed 3rd in Golden Age Jingle at The Gathering of Nations Powwow!! Thanks for all the help! And thank you to Fidel, Carolyn’s husband, for helping with the gifts during the Give Away. Fidel had a whole system worked out for it!



Barry Hamilton, Don & Chris Tracy thanking Saginaw Grant



Barry Hamilton, Don & Chris Tracy, Ben Hale thanking David Spellerberg
Background pictured left: Fidel & Carolyn Reyes


Chris honored those who support her in the community as well as the California Hethuska and the Ponca drum, headed by Henry Cummings. She called up Saginaw Grant, Ben Hale, Jerry and Diana Smith, Ken Tsuji, David Moller (the Head Man), Frank Turley, Ty Stewart, Darry Wood, Barbara Stumbling Bear, Pete Buffalohead, Barry Hamilton (Southern Cheyenne, who stood up with Chris as family), and Carolyn and Fidel Reyes.


What a wonderful afternoon!

For more information about the California Hethuska:

http://www.ciha.net

Preciosa HOT FIX CRYSTALS! Modern Technology at work!

Have you heard about Swarovski Hotfix, or Crystal Hotfix crystals?

We just started to carry genuine Czech Crystal rhinestones with Hot Fix for easy attachment. These rhinestones are great quality, they sparkle like diamonds! Hot Fix crystals are great for any project, practically anything that you would like to embellish with sparkle.

We buy Preciosa Crystal. What is Preciosa? Preciosa is a Czech crystal brand. It is direct competition for Swarovski. The prices are better & the glitter factor is the very close! Why pay more for a comparable product. We are so excited about these hot fix crystals. They can be placed anywhere! The Hot Fix adhesive is permanent. It can handle dry cleaning and even machine washing. Hot Fix Crystals can be attached to fabric, leather, plastic, metal. What is nice about the hot fix crystals? No more mess with glue. Put the crystal where you want it, and place the Hot Fix Gun on the crystal. Heat up the glue on the back, and you have an INSTANT bond that is permanent!

We carry many different Colors of crystals:
Crystal, Light Ruby, Rose Pink, Citrine, Peridot, Aqua, Capri Blue, & Amethyst. MORE COLORS COMING SOON!

Size available: 16ss (4 mm approx)we will carry more sizes soon.


We sell a Hot Fix Gun. This gun has interchangeable tips for all of the different sizes. Graceful and stylish, the New Generation BeJeweler Pro electric rhinestone applicator has true ergonomic styling!
This professional model features:
• A design patented soft handle that maximizes productivity while preventing operator fatigue and discomfort
• A short nozzle to allow the ultimate precision placement
• Universal voltage for use with either 110 or 220 volts
• Professional, sleek packaging with instructions
• Rhinestone tips in 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm sizes that are etched for easy size identification
• Hot Spot (flat) tip for applying all other size/shape hot-fix embellishments
• Deep support stand holds tool firmly
• Includes an insert with detailed directions and pattern, plus a free matching blue cleaning brush!
• Flared tip on handle helps prevent fingers from touching heated metal.Beyond question, the best hot-fix rhinestone tool ever designed!

This is our link to our website for the hot fix Preciosa Crystals.

http://www.dancingbearindiantrader.com/hotfixcrystals.html

Feel free to visit our website:

http://www.dancingbearindiantrader.com/

We sell these items. Not all of them are on the website with shopping cart links. We have been working on the website as well as attending powwows and running business, please be patient with us, there is so much to put onto the website! We have a comprehensive collection of Native American craft supplies for any Native American project. We strive to find new items all the time. If you are looking for something and don't know where to get it, please ask us! We probably have it or can get for you! We hope you will be our customer, and that you think we are the #1 Indian Craft Supply, the go to, for your personal crafting needs!Czech glass beads, Czech Beads, Firepolish Czech Beads, Fire Polish Beads, Native American Craft Books, Abalone Shells, Blue Abalone, Green Abalone, Mexican Green Abalone, Yellow Abalone, Deluxe Smudge Kits, Dentillium Shells, Elk Teeth, Carved Bone Elk Teeth, Jewelry Tools, Native American Fabric, Indian fabric, 8 band tradecloth, red wool tradecloth, blue wool tradecloth, black wool tradecloth, orange wool tradecloth, charlotte beads, miyuki beads, Japanese beads, Native American patterns, Feathers, Furs, Beaver skins, White Sage Bundles, Sweet Grass Braids, Native Herbs, Bear Berry, Deer Tongue, Red Willow, Star Anise, Spearmint, Mullen, Ceramic Beads, Teeny Tiny Peruvian Beads, Pewter Pendants, Rhinestone banding, Hot Fix Preciosa Crystals, Abalone Disks, White Clam Disks, Blue Mussel, Cowrie shells, Shawl Fringe, Shawl Cuts, Floral Scarves, Redwood Jingles, Indian Time Jingles, Fat quarters, horsehair, dyed horsehair, baby blankets, native american fleece blanket, old time beads, crow beads, nymo thread, John James beading needles, John James glovers needles, John James sharps needles, Stretch Magic, Tigertail, Gemstone beads, hawk bells... more will be added soon...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rhinestones for your sparkle factor!

We are always looking for the latest and greatest to improve and add more variety to the selection of crafting supplies avaliable to our crafty creative customers.

We found czech crystal rhinestone banding with colored backgrounds! We were jumping up and down, because these are really COOL! The background colors are a bright primary red and light yellow, apple green and dark sky blue. There are so many different applications that these can be used for. And they are not your traditional white, black or clear background! They would work well for comtemporary Native American dance regalia! Great for Native American bead projects, edging, hair ties, earrings, bags, or just anything that needs a sparkle! The colors are great because they are different and colorful, this combination makes for good craft materials.
Don't worry, we will continue to carry the standard backrounds:white, black and clear. And stone color: crystal and crystal AB.


We also found czech crystal COLORED rhinestone banding! We were just so excited, that we couldn't wait to tell everyone. The colored rhinestones at this time are avaliable in red (light ruby) and bright pink (rose). We are thinking about carrying more colors too. There are many other colors available.

We were thinking that we had hit the jackpot. We didn't think it could get better. Our supplier also has hot fix czech crystals. For those who don't know about hot fix crystals, this is a new way to attach single crystals to fabric and practically anything. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. We tested out the strength of the glue on my dog's collar. She wore her collar for at least one month, and guess what, the crystals were still attached. The glue can withstand drycleaning and washing. The crystals are attached by a tool that looks like a soldering gun. It has special tips that can be interchanged. We have been sourcing this hot fix crystal gun, so pretty soon we will be selling it on our website and in our booth at powwows. These crystals are perfect for beading projects. They can be put anywhere and they don't need to be sewn on. How easy is that? Imagine being able to put a single rhinestone accents here and there in your bead work. AWESOME. We will have them available for purchase soon.

Please visit our website at: http://www.dancingbearindiantrader.com/

We sell these items. Not all of them are on the website with shopping cart links. We have been working on the website as well as attending powwows and running business, please be patient with us, there is so much to put onto the website! We have a comprehensive collection of Native American craft supplies for any Native American project. We strive to find new items all the time. If you are looking for something and don't know where to get it, please ask us! We probably have it or can get for you! We hope you will be our customer, and that you think we are the #1 Indian Craft Supply, the go to, for your personal crafting needs!Czech glass beads, Czech Beads, Firepolish Czech Beads, Fire Polish Beads, Native American Craft Books, Abalone Shells, Blue Abalone, Green Abalone, Mexican Green Abalone, Yellow Abalone, Deluxe Smudge Kits, Dentillium Shells, Elk Teeth, Carved Bone Elk Teeth, Jewelry Tools, Native American Fabric, Indian fabric, 8 band tradecloth, red wool tradecloth, blue wool tradecloth, black wool tradecloth, orange wool tradecloth, charlotte beads, miyuki beads, Japanese beads, Native American patterns, Feathers, Furs, Beaver skins, White Sage Bundles, Sweet Grass Braids, Native Herbs, Bear Berry, Deer Tongue, Red Willow, Star Anise, Spearmint, Mullen, Ceramic Beads, Teeny Tiny Peruvian Beads, Pewter Pendants, Rhinestone banding, Hot Fix Preciosa Crystals, Abalone Disks, White Clam Disks, Blue Mussel, Cowrie shells, Shawl Fringe, Shawl Cuts, Floral Scarves, Redwood Jingles, Indian Time Jingles, Fat quarters, horsehair, dyed horsehair, baby blankets, native american fleece blanket, old time beads, crow beads, nymo thread, John James beading needles, John James glovers needles, John James sharps needles, Stretch Magic, Tigertail, Gemstone beads, hawk bells... more will be added soon...