Monthly Archives: March 2006

Pocket cards with Internet starting points

These business card sized information cards take up less scarce bulletin board space than flyers and less counter or desk space. They are cheaper to mail out, too.

These are MS Word files with information formatted for standard business cards, Avery Label 5762.

This file has the front information.
Opportunity to Share card front

This file has the backside information, websites to start with.
Opportunity to Share card back

Let me know of any changes needed.

Pamphlet—Pueblo Crafts & Healthy Lungs

The pamphlet can be downloaded in Microsft Word format (click or right click to download) It is 6 pages with embedded graphics and available under a Creative Commons license.

When I figure out how to make a smaller (and updated) format of the original document, I will post that instead.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

Pueblo Crafts & Healthy Lungs, 1994
pamphlet about lung protection for Environment, Safety, and Health of traditional Indian arts and crafts (HazArt), a collaborative, community-based project of the northern Indian Pueblos in New Mexico grassroots science.
M. Pamela Bumsted

Inhalation Anthrax Associated with Dried Animal Hides

“Inhalation Anthrax Associated with Dried Animal Hides — Pennsylvania and New York City, 2006”

Interviews were conducted with the patient, his family, and his colleagues. The patient made traditional African drums by using hard-dried animal hides (e.g., air-dried until brittle enough to crack) obtained in NYC from importers who primarily sold African goat and cow hides. Making the drums involved soaking hides for 1 hour in water and then scraping hair from the hides with a razor, which reportedly generated a large amount of aerosolized dust in the patient’s workspace as the hides dried. The man did not wear any personal protective equipment (e.g., mask or gloves) while working. After working on the hides, he usually returned home to his apartment and immediately removed his clothing and showered.


AUTHENTIC ALASKAN ARTS AND CRAFTS oed/student_info/learn/nativearts.htm

Silver Hand logo

The stores and gift shops of Alaska are filled with delightful items – fine art pieces worked in walrus ivory, soapstone, jade and other natural materials prints, paintings and pottery; clothing and jewelry; and fun souvenirs to bring home to family and friends. But not all of these items are made in Alaska. Some are manufactured in other states and countries and imported to Alaska for sale.

If you are looking for authentic Alaskan arts and crafts, look for these two symbols.

The “Silver Hand” emblem guarantees you that the article on which it appears was hand crafted by an Alaska Eskimo, Aleut, or Indian craftsperson or artist. The “Made in Alaska” emblem indicates that the article was made in Alaska by a resident artist, craftsperson or manufacturer. Wherever possible, art or craft items bearing these emblems have been made with Alaskan materials.

Made in Alaska logo

How to Buy Genuine American Indian Arts and Crafts

Because I have been concerned with the

[and here,] of Native crafts and art, and in

selling such crafts to the public for artisans, I have also had to learn the legal aspects of adding such a value to those crafts. Here are the latest regulations.

How to Buy Genuine American Indian Arts and Crafts By U.S. Federal Trade Commission ( FTC) Mar 5, 2006, 11:24 Facts for Consumers posted here, PDF Version is here

How to Buy Genuine American Indian Arts and Crafts
For an Indian art or craft object to be an “Indian product” all work on the product must have been by an Indian or Indians. More information about the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and related regulations can be obtained by visiting the Web site of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board,, or by calling the Board’s toll-free number, 1–888–ART–FAKE.

…. Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry or the earth tone colors of Indian pottery, having some knowledge about American Indian arts and crafts can help you get the most for your money. Be aware also that because Indian arts and crafts are prized and often command higher prices, a few unscrupulous sellers misrepresent imitation arts and crafts as genuine. Getting What You Pay For The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 helps ensure that buyers of Indian arts and crafts products get what they pay for by making it illegal to misrepresent that a product is made by an Indian….

In advertising or marketing a product, it is a violation of the Act to state or imply falsely that the product is made by an Indian or is the product of a particular tribe. For example, advertising or marketing a product as “Navajo Jewelry” that is not produced by members of the Navajo Nation is a violation of the law. Terms such as “Indian,” “Native American” or the name of a particular Indian tribe, accompanied by qualifiers such as “ancestry,” “descent” and “heritage” — for instance, “Native American heritage” or “Cherokee descent” — do not mean that the person is a member of an Indian tribe. These terms do mean that the person is of descent, heritage or ancestry of the tribe, and the terms should be used only if truthful.