December 18, 2010

Native ornaments on "history tree"

Gallery features branches of Native American culture

History tree is holiday fixture at Prairie Star

By Beth Wischmeyer
History lines the walls and the shelves at Prairie Star Gallery on a daily basis, but during the holiday season, the history of various Native American tribes come together to decorate the branches of a 12-foot-tall Christmas tree.

The tree features dozens of handmade ornaments by more than 100 Native American artists who send in their holiday fare all year long to be displayed on the tree.

The tree's purpose, Boyd said, is to bring together the history and culture of all types of Native American tribes and celebrate the holiday season. It has been a fixture of the store for about 14 years.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Blackfeet Ornaments at White House and Setting Up the NMAI Holiday Tree.

Below:  "Prairie Star gallery employee Harry Bucholz decorates the 12-foot "History tree" for Christmas in the gallery on Wednesday afternoon. The tree features ornaments from about 100 different artists." (Jay Pickthorn/Argus Leader)

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