Squaw dress, huaraches, concho belt – youth (youth is fleeting, you know) . . .
Huaraches, traditional handmade Mexican sandals with woven leather tops, have been around for hundreds of years and were popular among Mexican villagers and peasants.
Concho belts are a uniquely Southwestern art form, dating back to the Bosque Redondo period of Navajo history. With their simple tools and forges, Navajo and Zuni silverworkers were able to create bold and intricate pieces that were always among their owners’ most prized possessions. Though modern pieces are often shoddy and garish, the best antique belts have an understated yet distinctive look unlike anything else.
Wearing one of the squaw dresses my Mother designed and stitched – sitting atop my Dad’s green Nash Rambler – at the side of the house we lived in (formerly a parsonage) during the 1950s in Farmington, New Mexico.
“The Squaw Dress, a categorization label for several types of one- and two-piece dresses, was a regional style in the American Southwest in the late 1940s and became a national dress trend in the 1950s. Its defining feature, a full, tiered skirt, came in three shapes: (1) a slightly gathered skirt based on Navajo dress; (2) a “broomstick” or pleated skirt based on Navajo and Mexican attire; and (3) a fully gathered, three-tiered skirt based on contemporary Western Apache Camp Dresses or Navajo attire. In addition to the common designation of Squaw Dress, dresses with the third skirt type were also called Fiesta, Kachina, Tohono, or Patio Dress (depending on the type of decoration); the former two styles were called Navajo Dresses. Squaw Dresses were extremely popular because of their comfort and regional indigenous associations. They represented both idealized femininity and Americanness because of their Native American origins.”
What’s in a name? The 1940s-1950s “Squaw Dress”
By Parezo, Nancy J.
Publication: The American Indian Quarterly
the high school years
no words necessary
copied from article in the Seguin Daily News
By Joshua Hughes
(Seguin) — Young Texas Methodists are currently renovating homes in Seguin. The United Methodist Army has spent the past week replacing floors, painting doors and making other basic home repairs. The group that is currently in Seguin is made up of about 85 youths and two dozen adults, according to Scott Robertson, U.M. ARMY Southwest Texas board president and camp co-director. Robertson says that the youths are committed to sacrifice to help the people in this community.
“The kids pay to come here to sleep on the floor and work all week, and if you got out and ask them…they will tell you that this is the best week of their summer,” Robertson said.
Christian Groves, a young woman from Boerne who is participating in her second year of U.M. ARMY, said that work was a rewarding way to spend part of her summer.
“I came to UM Army because I really like the humble feeling you get after helping people and it’s really fun to be with all your friends, and help people at the same time, and it’s just a really good experience.”
The young people came from different churches and cities across southwest Texas, and the chance to make new friends was echoed by many including Andy Comuzzie of Boerne.
“I just like being able to meet new people and have a lot of fun with everyone,” Comuzzie said.
Robertson said that the group hopes to renovate 36 homes during the it stay in Seguin, which ends on Saturday. He if they do not have all of those completed, Seguin’s United Methodist Church has a program in the fall that he hopes will assist those that his group could not get to.
Come each summer, thousands of United Methodist youth head for camps where fun takes a back seat to Christian service. What’s more, they pay for the privilege.
All are soldiers, of a sort, in the U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth), a nonprofit that organizes youth into teams that provide a week’s worth of household repairs for elderly or disabled homeowners. Participants pay a registration fee of $200 to help cover food and supplies. Many of the kids help with fund-raisers throughout the year to pay their portion.
Youth camp out at host churches, worshipping each night and sleeping in classrooms. At 8 a.m. the next day, they’re off to the work sites, where they pause at noon for a bag lunch and daily devotions.
“It’s the best of a mission trip, a spiritual retreat and a student life camp—all combined,” said Brian Smith, executive director at U.M. ARMY’s national office in College Station, Texas.
It all started in 1979, when 36 campers from three churches served residents of Athens, Texas, dividing into work teams of two adult leaders for every five youth. Thirty years later, the model remains the same, but the program now draws some 4,000 campers in three U.S. regional chapters located in the United Methodist Church’s Southwest Texas and Texas Conferences, and the Northeastern Jurisdiction.
(extract from article by Bill Fentum)
There are very few snapshots of me for I always behind the camera. However, recently a friend sent two photos of Aged Me taken at the Arts for Life (hospital fundraiser) and
I remember the days when I didn’t have drooping cheeks and jowls. My profile looked a great deal different baaaaack when. The years do creep up on one . . . where do they go??