Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: Owens Valley

Dewey Street 

Dewey Street in the eastern Caliland . . . 0640 . . . looking into the sunrise . . . 


looking west toward the Sierra Nevada massif . . . 
The Caliland is Owens Valley CA . . . and Dewey Street is . . . 


aliens . . .

finished updating to iOS 9 . . . checking for glitches . . . onboard text editor (notes) is messed up . . . WP seems to work . . .

So here’s a reworked image of a radio telescope . . . Diptic app/onboard foto editor combo mash-up . . .

datura . . . 



Sometimes you have an image that’s out-of-focus slightly . . . just wrong . . . butcha can’t dump it . . . so what do ya do? I ran my wild child through Pixlr-o-matic app (a random FX generator) and . . .   
I tweaked the frame/film options for the final graphic image. 

Here’s the original shot with my “broke” Nikon Coolpix:


Moonrise . . .

No this isn’t Cortez NM . . . it’s the moon over the White Mountains in Owens Valley after a day of cloudbursts when the Weather Channel said there was going to be a “zero” chance of rain . . . it looked like there was some snow flurry activity over Little Egypt SW of Bishop up toward Coyote Valley as well . . . but what do I know . . .

Anyway, as I was driving south from Bishop this evening I saw the giant moon rising up and stopped to shoot a few pics . . . here’s one:


Original pic was in color but I wanted black and white . . . low light contributed to the grainy image. I used the Photojojo tele lens on my iPod Touch . . .

“too many minds . . .”

That’s a line from The Last Samurai . . . and it holds true for me currently . . . too many irons in the proverbial fire . . . too much on my plate . . . my eyes are bigger than my stomach . . .

Time to back up and get focused . . .

Had to buy a HDMI cable for the DVD player so I could watch District 9 . . . when I first saw the adverts I thought WTF ?! why is CalTrans advertising a video about District 9 ??

CalTrans is the California Department of Transportation and District 9 is their identifier for the Eastern Sierra/Owens Valley region of Eastern California . . .

u-u-uh . . .

I don’t like the zombie genra of “movies” BUT you gotta watch The Dead . . . it’s graphic and their are no “hot” women and the story actually “ends” with the zombie horde breaking into the last stronghold . . . I assume the man and boy were “et” . . .

The real zombie horde is being incubated in Colorado . . . watched a TV report on the Colorado “Pot Rush” . . . maybe all the potheads will move Colorado . . . now I’m waiting for the first report of munchie cannibalism . . . and the cartels wiping out the hippie drug operation . . . medicinal marijuana . . . HAH !! I take Advil to ease my aches and pains . . . the “Baby Boomers” gave birth to a generation of candy-ass whiners . . .

Would you you like a joint . . . splif . . . to go with tha whine ??

Time to Swiffer the floor . . . I can see some dust particles . . .

zero 5 30 . . .

0530 . . .

north of town
over the Coyote Scarp . . .


took this with my iPod Touch 5G as I headed out of town . . . downloaded image to my iPad 2 . . . cropped, adjusted contrast and exposure with PhotoForge 2 . . . that’s it.

newborn . . .

togo song (veasz)


and fart
as your body tenses
in sleep;

green sprouts
seek heat . . .

eyes tight
locked . . .

shuttered lids,



on hearth
of my chest . . .

Composed for a new life . . . posted yesterday
here . . . different title, slightly different wording . . .

togo” is the Owens Valley Paiute term for “father of my mother” or “my mother’s father“; if the child had been my son’s, I would be the child’s “cuh nu” . . .


If you’re visiting the Owens Valley area and would like to unwind, the Wellness Center east of HWY 395 on Butcher Lane, approximately 1/2 mile south of the town of Big Pine is the place for a light workout . . .


The Big Pine Paiute Tribe recently re-opened their Wellness Center . . . the “Wellness Center” is actually a complex, consisting of a physical training facility with a wide variety of treadmills, stationary “bicycles, free weights and other weight training machines. The site also has a conference room, and two small business incubator spaces with Internet access.







The Center is open to tribal members and their spouses as well as the general public.
An ISSA certified personal trainer is available for personalized instruction.

There is a $35.00 membership fee for non-tribal members.
For more information, call 760-938-2800

The Anatomy of the Owens Valley Doll

The Anatomy of an Owens Valley Doll

The cottonwood or willow Owens Valley Doll is a 3D figure representative of the type of clothing worn during the pre and post-Euro-American contact cultural phases of the Owens Valley Paiute.

The development of the Owens Valley Doll (“OVD”) was similar to the “sampling” technique used in music; a phrase from a piece of music is clipped from the original composition and through the use of digital processing is modified and used to create another composition based on the “sample”. The same process was used to develop the OVD figure.

The original” concept was to create a “traditional” figure or icon that is representative of the ethno-centric material culture of the Owens Valley Paiute of eastern California.

Cultural practices (song, mythology) and utilitarian items (basketry, clothing, etc.), were examined and several significant items selected or “sampled” for use in the development or creation of the “new” tradition. What followed was crafting the “arrangement”, that is deciding how to arrange the “samples”; what materials would be used to produce the 3D figure and what would be the form of the finished piece.

Initially it was thought that the figure would be carved from windblown cottonwood limbs, however, a species of willow grows along the streams was selected for the texture of the bark, and the wood of the willow was better suited to the production of a hand-crafted item.

“In his book The Savage Mind’ (1962, English translation 1966), French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe any spontaneous action, further extending this to include the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. The reasoning here being that, since mythological thought is all generated by human imagination, it is based on personal experience, and so the images and entities generated through ‘mythological thought’ rise from pre-existing things in the imaginer’s mind.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The following is a list of utilitarian items selected from the material culture to be used in creating the OVD figure.

• The willow basketry “hat”
• Unbraided hair
• Rabbit skin “blanket” (pre-contact cultural phase); the natural texture of the willow bark is used to simulate the mottled brown hair color of the jack rabbit.
• Wool blanket – Acrylic paint or used fabric.

The simple cylindrical shape of the Japanese kokeshi and the stylistically posed Hopi katsin-tithu were used as models for the final configuration of the OVD. The OVD is a more representational figure than the traditional Japanese kokeshi, having more carved detail, i.e. the hat, hair, face and clothing; it is less detailed than the Hopi katsin-tithu, lacking individual arms and legs.



The above image shows the OVD with various types of adornment; the figures have not been stained or painted or have been modified since having been photographed.

More developments later.