was stated by Native American elders at the Resolution Of The 5th Annual
Meeting Of The Traditional Elders Circle in 1980, that "There are many
things to be shared with the Four Colors of humanity in our common destiny
as one with our Mother the Earth." This statement was signed
by such austere men as Chief Frank Fools Crow (Lakota), Austin
Two Moons (Northern Cheyenne), and Frank Cardinal, Sr.. (Chateh,
Alberta, Canada.) these same elders warned the people of other lands to
beware of individuals who prey upon their spiritual needs.
Chuck Derby & Gloria Hazell presenting Beads & Buckskins in 1996 in Minnesota
Chuck and Gloria presenting Beads & Buckskins in 2006 in Europe
Beads & Buckskins
To answer those questions, the presenters of Beads & Buckskins give these answers:
Derby (Running Elk) is Santee Dakota (Sioux),
his father was enrolled with the Sisseton tribe in South Dakota, as
he is also. During the 1860's some of his ancestors, who were Dakota
from the Upper Sioux Agency, quarried in Pipestone and were actually
quarrying when the Minnesota Conflict began in 1862. Chuck's Tribe do
not have Clans, but he would belong to the crafts-peoples society because
of his long-standing (40+ years) experiences of quarrying and pipe-making.
He is the founder member of the Catlinite Quarriers Guild that
is only for people who quarry the Catlinite at the Pipestone quarries.
Gloria Hazell started this program in the 1980's in New Jersey where she taught at schools and private presentations the cultural aspects of the Native American tribes. When she moved to Minnesota in the 1990's and met Chuck she invited him to join her in these presentations and changed the name to 'Beads and Buckskins'.
Gloria is not not Native American but has learned from various people on different reservations across America. She has been Chuck Derby's business partner since 1994, and his life-partner since 1998. During her time with Chuck she has met various Medicine men and spiritual elders and is proud to count as her friends many Sundancers and Medicine men such as Chris Leith, Harry Charger and Galen Drapeau Senior. She also counts AIM leaders Clyde Bellacourt and Dennis Banks and the Keeper of the White Buffalo Pipe, Arvol Looking Horse among her long time acquaintences.
Gloria had the advantage of attending the Pipestone Sundance since it's first year, and pledged at that time to assist with their work and to support the dancers for at least 8 years which she did before she returned to England. She says that she learned more at those Sundances than she did in all the years travelling around the country visiting the Reservations. She now attends the Pipestone Sundance whenever she can.
During her years as Chuck's partner she has travelled with him to political meetings in the Minnesota/South Dakota/Nebraska areas, and so knows quite a bit about how the politics in Indian Country sit. She has worked on various Native American committees, the latest being the 'Dakota Commemorative March'. in 2003/4, 2005/06 & 2007/08.
Gloria is the mother of four and the grandmother of twelve, including twins of 2 months old! she follows the pre-Celtic spiritual ways of her homeland England, journeying often to Avebury where her ancestors gave her the name Iron Woman which she says fits her like a T!
now Gloria is setting up a series of museums honouring the women of
the world who have done extraordinary things.
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