Vincent Schilling
And a bald eagle in a pine tree!

The 12 Days of Christmas, Turtle Island Style

Vincent Schilling
12/24/13

We know you’ve been getting the house ready, wrapping presents, calling family members, finishing up that last bit of shopping or putting some finishing touches on a cherished handmade present!

Maybe you’ve even been humming along to any number of Christmas carols that are so ubiquitous this time of year.

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Here we have the Twelve Days of Christmas, Native Style! Forget those maids-a-milking, lords-a-leaping, golden rings, and a partridge in a pear tree. These images pay tribute to the veterans, dancers, emcees and other standouts who make Indian country vibrant and keep it connected. 

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
12 drum group members

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
11 tribal leaders

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
10 Women Warriors

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Nine little dancers

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Eight Meherrin tribal members

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Seven veterans saluting

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Six Golden Eagles

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
Five turquoise rings

Four Miss Lumbees

Three smiling men

Two Pow Wow Emcees....

.... And a bald eagle in a pine tree

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