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Orly Cogan’s work with embroidery had got me thinking of feminine traditions and of my own heritage. My mother is Native American and she was adopted into a white family as a baby. About ten years ago, her birth family contacted her, and it’s been great to have a sense of where we came from. My sister, Joey, has been working on a family tree. She came across a photo of this woman, Lottie Bagley, who is our great, great, great grandmother. It’s taken in 1905 on the Squaxin Island Indian Reservation in Washington State. This photo just took my breath away. Maybe it’s just because it’s part of where I came from, or maybe it’s because a part of me relates to her expressive gesture, the ruffles, the hand on the hip. (sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

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7 comments for “Mother”

  1. wow- she looks like you!

    Posted by Kezzer | May 24, 2007, 9:46 am
  2. That is such a beautiful photograph - I can see why you’d be proud.

    Posted by SandDancer | May 24, 2007, 9:46 am
  3. How Precious to have that photo… consider yourself very lucky to be able to SEE your roots.

    Posted by JO | May 24, 2007, 1:35 pm
  4. thanks… i wish i had a print of this, but it belongs to the university of washington. it’s strange to think that she’s a part of history, that perhaps in a way, we all are.

    Posted by Jennine | May 24, 2007, 1:54 pm
  5. Gorgeous!
    I thought you might like to check out this girl’s work.. Audrey Kawasaki. You should interview her! Her LJ also has a lot of links to other fabulous young artists.
    Thank me later ;)

    Posted by goingRAWr! | May 24, 2007, 8:11 pm
  6. i’ll thank you right now! : )
    she’s got some lovely paintings!

    Posted by Jennine | May 24, 2007, 9:39 pm
  7. breath taking.

    Posted by Model Citzen | May 25, 2007, 1:51 pm

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