Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Theadore Henry Benton (Toad)

Charles Wesley Benton

Elizabeth Charlene Benton (Many Feathers)

Gina Bulls Gillispie (Red Bird)

Grace Maria Pshigoda (Yellow Bird)

Henry August Pshigoda (to be named May 9)

Henry's amulet

Many Feathers made Henry's first pair of shoes
when they are tiny and don't walk yet, the soles are completely beaded

The Morning Star is worked into all new born beading

Henry, named for two great grandfathers,
one German potato farmer and one Native American Choctaw--
has some big shoes to fill
but for starters,
these will do


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina what a beautiful share. Please do a post on more traditions I find them fascinating. The booties are precious.

Karena Albert said...

Dear Red Bird you and you family are truly exceptional and so authentic. Thank you for sharing this with us!

The Arts by Karena

Marissa said...

Beautiful tradition!
sweet booties...
and sweet baby...

Anonymous said...

this is amazing, beautiful and so inspiring!

NanaDiana said...

That is SOOO interesting. I LOVE family heritage. What a beautiful family. Charles Wesley has the most beautiful cheekbones/face. The whole family is just GORGEOUS!
What a precious new child and I love the story about the shoes. Hope you have a wonderful week. xo Diana

StagerLinda said...

This history is so interesting. Those wee booties are works of art. Love the footprints and ambulant,too. He is destine to greatness!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I loved this, Gina. So interesting! Henry's shoes are precious. What is Betty's name?

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

Oh my goodness Gina! What a beautiful heritage and family. I LOVE the beaded shoes Many Feathers made for Henry. You make me want to dig harder to find out more about my own heritage. I am half Chiricahua Apache and half German. :) I can't wait to hear what Henry's name is going to be.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

your little Henry is so cute! Looking forward to hearing what name he gets.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Adorable child. Beautiful moccasins.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Exciting times in your life! Henry is adorable!

Minha vida de campo said...

Que bela tradição de seu povo. Adorei os nome e o seu é perfeito. Aqui uma índia me nomeou de "olhos brancos", não sei o por que.Mas adorei.
Bjos tenha um ótimo dia.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a truly inspiring family. You are very fortunate.


handmade by amalia said...

What a beautiful post - love the history and the booties.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem.
Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.(Fernando Sabino)
Amei a postagem, maravilhosa!
Um lindo e abençoado final de semana!!!
Abraços Marie.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a wonderful heritage Henry has! Lovely post!