The background image on this website is a section of a full mural on my screened in porch I built. It is a scene of an Indian village. I was inspired by diego riveria’s murals while in mexico city. His murals tell the story of mexico. My mural will be a history of Indians when ever it is done. In the painting are various Indians including: a cigar store indian, the cleveland indian, lone ranger and tonto, billy jack, pow wow indians, christian indians and homie indians. I am pictured with a group of native prisoners i worked with. I tried to include many different animals. I hope to have all the clans represented in the picture.
This is one of my porcupine hair roach head dresses that I made. It is 24″ long with white deer tail trim on the inside and outside. It is made with a yarn base. I can make them any size and most of the primary colors. I can’t do neon colors like someone asked me. I don’t have those dyes. I spend alot of time sorting the porcupine hair. I like the porky hair to be all black with color on the tips. The deer tail trim covers the bottoms. Each roach then ends up with the color of the trim then black then the tips in solid color. I sort the hair so that it gradually flows. I like the roaches to be symmetrical. I dont have jagged lines. It should look appealing. It is an important part of a dancers outfit. I make sure that the hair bounces when the dancer moves. Movement in the roach is important. The roach shouldn’t distract from the overall appearance of the dancer. It should compliment a dancers outfit.
This country injun decided to become a cyber-indian. I used to have a website that featured my roaches. The web host no longer carried my site. I had a good business with my roaches on the internet. I had more orders than I had time to make them. I still sell every one that I make, but there are times when some go unsold for awhile. You can make the best roaches around but if no one knows you have them you don’t sell them. I believe that I have elevated my craft to an art. I was extremely proud of the first roach I ever made but it doesn’t compare with the ones I make today. I have gotten better at making them after over 30 years. I like the challenge of making each roach as well as I can. I want each one to be good. There are many dancers all around the country that own one of my roaches. It is very satisfying to go to a pow wow and see one of mine. I can recognize them even from the stands. They are others that I see that I admire. My hat is off to the one that made them. I seen some though that makes me wonder what the maker was thinking when he made them. I won’t sell a bad roach. I take pride in my art.
I used to blog because I enjoyed writing. It gives me practice in writing. I am working on a book. I have been for years. I have re-written the chapters I finished many times. Every time I read them, I see wording that can be a little stronger. I have two brothers that have published books. I guess it is my turn to get a book out.
I plan to feature my art and my writing with this new site. All the artwork will be done by me. The writing will be my own original writing. My blogs will be opinionated at times. I used to have my own newspaper back when I was an idealist journalist. My favorite part was writing editorials. It was my opinion. Mainstream journalism claims to be fair and impartial. I think it is slanted at times. Many issues are ignored. I want to write about things i want to write about. And I want to have fun writing. I hope that everyone can enjoy this new site.
This is the website of Eddie Joe Mitchell, Prairie Band Potawatomi. The site is a work in progress. I am getting familiar with the site. I am still learning how to add to it. I had trouble trying to add more of the roaches i made to my gallery. They went to my media library but not to the page. growing pains.
My site will highlight my roach head dresses and my writing. I enjoy doing both. I plan on opening the site with a greeting in potawatomi and have a song by my nephew. The song will be an original composition done by him. I am still learning how to add that to my site.