9.13.2011

Channeling my inner Tiger-Lily.

Hudson and I went to Spring Park to enjoy some fun at the Oka Kapassa Festival. This special weekend marked the return of over twelve different Native American tribes to Tuscumbia, Alabama, where many of their ancestors once lived before they were forcibly removed from the area.

We saw an intertribal friendship dance. We heard traditional drum music. We saw demonstrations of pottery and basket making. I got hairstyle ideas from all the pretty braids I saw on the pretty Cherokee girls. And, I bought an adorable, beaded necklace from the sweetest, elderly Chickasaw lady for only five dollars. 

A little bit of culture in the late summer sunshine with my favorite little guy AND a unique addition to my jewelry collection? That's my idea of a good time.

42 comments:

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay! I grew up going to pow wows! My mom was raised in Arizona and her sister actually can speak a little Navajo so we love all things Indian. I have so much jewelry from over the years - they are such talented people.

Glad you went and had fun :)

Gentri said...

Aw! Where I live is filled with Native American history and I've never heard of a festival for them. That needs to change!

Haley K said...

sounds and looks like a lovely afternoon for sure!! what an awesome experience for you and hudson! such beautiful colors in your photos...and I'm sure you were just soaking in all that amazing culture. and i adore your blue and yellow necklace :)

and i love that you channeled your inner tiger lily :) i just watched Finding Neverland in the dentist chair today! (movie, good. dentist, not so good) Have you seen that movie? (with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet)...it's a brilliant film :)

My Journey With Candida said...

How fun!! Our Indian Festival was in August. I didn't make it this year.

Courtney B said...

Ok, I am coming to visit you!! You always go on the funnest adventures! Hudson sure is lucky to have you as his mamma!
Also, when I come visit, will you give me a make over? I want to look just.like.you. :)

Kaitlyn said...

Looks amazing. Seriously those pictures of the dance look amazing. Id love to experience that! Beautiful pictures!

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Chief Beadle said...

Well I am glad the two of you got out for some fun. It looks like a lot of fun. Indians from our area and there stories have always amazed me. Great pictures and cute necklace.

LOVE YOU!!!

Meri said...

The colors in your photos are absolutely incredible. Do you do post work too or is that just the raw color? And is that your hair or someone else? Love these!

Janette said...

Oh my goodness! I'm loving the swipes of brilliant colors in the dance shots! WOW! I would love to go to something like this... And can't wait to see you rock the new necklace and the braids...Show us show us!

Janette the Jongleur

Ariel said...

These pictures are absolutely beautiful!
Have a great week!

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Diana Smith said...

You have such fun events always happening near you! I love how you take advantage of the entertainment with your precious family!

Laura Elizabeth said...

Looks like fun! In the few months that I've been following your blog, Hudson looks like he has grown so much. Glad you guys are enjoying your time together!

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Amber Blue Bird said...

that looks like such a fun time. Cute little boy!

Alessandra said...

What a cool festival and such gorgeous photos. Hudson is getting bigger post by post!

Pop Champagne said...

I love the feather in the hair! these are really pretty and colorful pictures, love the outfits as well

Little Lo Hood said...

wonderful pictures! I would love to have gone to this! Sounds like so much fun! You and your little Hudson are so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog...I greatly appreciate it! :) -Lo

vintch said...

how is it that your pictures keep getting more gorgeous? every post, i swoon louder. sounds like the BEST time ever.

p.s. i will take all the "good" you can send my way, sweet friend! thank you so, so much for your encouragement:)

Amanda said...

I love that last picture of the two of you! Very, very cute!

Kai.Mercado. said...

it seriously amazes me how many fun things you do! You make me wanna get out more lol

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Lidiya said...

I adore these photos, their quality is fabulous! I find native Americans fascinating so I loved this post!! <3
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Shutterbug said...

Your photos are very fun and fresh! I like your style. Keep up the great work! By the way, your little darling is so photogenic and so cute! :D

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

this is so perfect! these pictures are absolutely breathtaking, and looks like so much fun! love the blog girl, and can't wait to read more!
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Camylla Leonardi said...

gorgeous photos!!! and that place is beautiful!

Alexa said...

Gorgeous colors in your photos! And great photo of you!
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Sean Marie said...

Wow, you are gorgeous and super talented! I love all of these photos! Amazing. Your blog makes me feel happy, it's so colorful and pretty. :) Hope the rest of your week goes well and I look forward to more posts!

Faith said...

that's my idea of a good time too! i don't ever leave your blog without a smile on my face!

Bonnie said...

Awwww, this looks like so much fun!!! What a pretty day, too. That always helps! :)

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Victoria said...

First time reading your blog and I love it already! These pictures are just so beautiful! It looks like you had a great time--Hudson is absolutely adorable.

Sara Louise said...

Such a great event to bring your little guy too :-)

Sabrina said...

Always lovely pics! Love them!

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Hannah said...

What colorful pictures! Seriously, your blog wins the vibrant photo award like....a million times over. :)

my soul is the sky said...

cute post. love your necklace :)

Jennifer Rod said...

i love the title of this post.
great pictures.

Jeannie said...

Ashley, the first picture looks like the back of your head when your hair is braided. What a fun outing. I love your necklace. Sweet Hudson is adorable in the pictures!!!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I have always wanted to go to the pow wows that are near here but haven't had a chance to. They look like so much fun. I can imagine that you saw such beautiful hairstyles as you said. . .but did you photograph them all? I'd love to see them!!! hehehehe. How beautiful these shots are.

Shea said...

You go to the coolest festivals, I swear! That sounds like such an amazing time. And Hudson is looking as cute as can be.

Cara-Mia said...

Pretty!

There are so many events in your area! So lucky.

C'est La Viii said...

Awesome photos!

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Anonymous said...

your son looks like a girl in these photos but still cute!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

what a stunning burst of bright energy!!! i love seeing all the colors and they practically feel 3D with how you've photographed each shot too. awesome snaps Ashley!!! love your necklace but the best accessory of that day was YOUR gorgeous smile! xoox ♥

Virginie's Cinema said...

Such cool pictures! So so bright!

I always love learning more about First Nations' history, they have such beautiful traditions and costumes!

You guys do the coolest activities.

Virginie ♥