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Chapter 6

After approximately 29 years of working toward finding a place to house the antique photographs and other artifacts we have finally comes once and for all, a decision to simply set them  in place here in our home.  Rod is working to build a special room, separate from the house so that I can display these photographs and artifacts in a Family Museum.  I worked for many years, first for the thoughts of restoring the family home, and then to the hopes of a Chilocco building.  None of that has come to pass.  I'm coming to the age where I need to complete my work of putting the material out, so my children and grandchildren can actually see and enjoy.  They, in fact, are all working together with me with "our" family museum.  This family is so big I can't even begin to guess the numbers.  There are, too, all the lines, Hunters, Collins, Joneses, Floods, and more that can be casually mentioned, hundreds in fact.

We will be having meetings  in what is called "bumping."  This is in reference to the tumblers in a lock as they are pushed along in order to open it.  Surely these are the keys to open so much history and knowledge about our ancestors.

Velma's favorite colors in the painting from which the cover of  my book, "Velma, Fleur
De Narcisus," was taken.

The star quilt she made.  Her quilting skills were, to me, simply remarkable.  This is the
star quilt which was originally designed by the Sioux tribe. The rombus is the pattern
used to put it together.

Velma's collection of dishes.  The top shelf are Fire King, 1940, stamped on the back.
This was the depression glass placed in oatmeal boxes.

Second shelf is of the Syracuse China, which has been in business close to 100 years
but slated to close this year.  On the floor is a croched pillow.  Bellzona Collins Jones
of Scot-Irish descent taught Velma this wonderful craft.

A painting I did in the year of 2001 called  Storm.  The buffalo mother stands on a knoll
above the stampeding herd below.  It is in reference to the times in which we live, when
so many single mothers are raising their children alone.

Mother's sewing machine, her iron, a piece of ribbon work her apprentice, Anna Adams,
created.   The copy in the newspaper clipping here called her a Master ribbon worker
who was preserving an art of the Native American.  Indeed, she did this over and over,
not with just Anna but many other women, too.

Velma's granddaughter models her creations.  Cheryl, her friend, modeled the contemporary
dress on the left.

Velma shows her work for the camera.  I'm so happy she patiently pushed us to take these snap shots.

Velma in the picture on the left.  On the right her brother-in-law, Dennis Homer Flynn Jones, at his wedding to Bertha Big Eagle in 1920.  His bridesmaid of the Collins family wears the ribbon work blanket.

Picture of  Benjamin Gray Barbee, United States Marshall.  He is in the Jones genealogy.  Benjamin was a lawman during the turbulant times of the Osage around Bartlesville, Oklahoma, early statehood.

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