Some of the most in demand trade commodities carried on these long treks were materials for making beads including lapis lazuli from northern Afghanistan, amber from the Baltic, coral from the Mediterranean and turquoise.Tibetan and Chinese turquoises are instantly recognizable because of the heavy dark veins of iron rich matrix that run through them. Bead collectors love Tibetan turquoise for its worn look, with large worn perforations from having been used and sewn on garments for many years.The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, one of the world's oldest democracies, is at least three centuries older than most previous estimates, according to research by Barbara Mann and Jerry Fields of Toledo University, Ohio.Using a combination of documentary sources, solar eclipse data, and Iroquois oral history, Mann and Fields assert that the Iroquois Confederacy's body of law was adopted by the Senecas (the last of the five nations to ratify it) August 31, 1142."Engineering and shaping" from "inception to closure" - we wake to the confusion and delight of day and work our way toward night, where quotidian data get processed in dream and shadow. So which poets are poets of the daytime (as Mc Grath says he is), writing about "work, landscape, society" and the world we see in sunlight, and which are poets of night, "mirror world to day ... " Which poems delight us by confounding our "normal procedures?
These ease-west routes often took a year or more to complete the over nine thousand mile journey one way.
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The beads shown will be well known types such as those Peter Francis called Celebrity Beads.
These are beads with a history, beads that have inspired those who own them and wear them.
The Greek Elysian fields derive from the same celestial topography: the Egyptian "Field of Rushes," the eastern stars at dawn where the soul goes to be purified.