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8.21.2017

How Coyote Brought Rain To The Inland NorthWest

The time has come to share a vision that came to me 29 June 1988 while Southbound across the Chukchi Sea in a New-ish Crowley pusher tug. We were taking the two boats back to Seattle from West Dock at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. A substantial voyage.  We saw aurora borealis every night, including while coming in to Elliot Bay, Seattle.  There is much to relate about how this story came to be written by my hand, on a tugboat in a big swell in Arctic waters. That can wait.

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HOW COYOTE BROUGHT RAIN TO THE INLAND NORTHWEST.
By Joe Chasse`

The First Nation people of Okanagen and Colville groups needed rain desperately. The people were grumbling and fighting amongst themselves because the gardens were drying up and game was moving farther and further away.

Sitting on his rock, Coyote heard them and saw their unhappiness. He howled and howled. “YI! YI! HOW HOW HOW CAN I HELP MY PEOPLE?” His cousin Wolf , over the hills in Loup Loup, heard him and called back. “OUR LUMMI COUSIN BY THE BAY (Lahq'Temish or People of The Sea) HEARS US AND INVITES US TO COME OVER TO HIS HOME.” He has an idea he thinks may help.

And so they went. It was a long trip, but Coyote and Wolf had much to discuss, and there was plenty to eat in the High Mountains and their Western slopes. Coyote was thrilled by the yummy creatures to eat and places he could hide his scat for jokes.

He thought “Surely my cousin by the Bay is rich!”


When, at last, the pair got to the Bay near the homes of the Lummi people, another cousin trotted out of the mossy, muddy forest to greet them: “Klahoya cousins!” he barked! "I will show you the wonders of my home”. The cousin insisted on showing them the oyster beds - clam beds - the fish drying racks -  first. Never had they seen so much yummy stuff in one place! Oh they filled their bellies all right!

Wolfe explained that they were seeking advice and help. Soon enough their cousin by the Bay (Bellingham Bay) said “It is time to visit my friend, the leader of this band of Lummis”. So the four (snoopy Raven was with them  as always) went to his fine big cedar home.

Coyote had brought gifts.  The Lummi leader said “I will only accept your gifts if you let me show you how to bring the rain from the sky across the big mountains.” Of course Coyote agreed.

The four went out to the leader's fine cedar shop building. He had an old fifties Dodge Power Wagon truck and a welder there. He commenced to showing them how to design and build a special hitch for this truck. With this particular truck and the special hitch, Raven and the leader explained how they could tow a few of their many rain clouds over the high mountains to the East. They had to get to work right away as it was early Summer. They knew the snows could come early to the high mountains.

That is part of the story of how coyote brought rain to the Collville and Okanagen people, and why so many of the people drive 4 wheel drive pickups.

And here the story ends.






8.19.2017

COYOTE & KOKOPELLI'S RAT ROD ROAD TRIP

This will be my "salesman's sample".  It's not for sale :-)









 

8.07.2017

COYOTE AND KOKOPELLI'S RAT ROD MOTOR HOME ROAD TRIP
video
is finally finished.  US$1900 +shipping

7.18.2017

3 projects to finish before last week of August to put in Bay Avenue Gallery;



7.06.2017

The 4th of July parade, here in our little burg was big fun.  40 of us Democrats turned out.  Some more organizable than others.  I did well for an old fellow.  My rig here with it's powow drum and spinning RESIST sign was constantly on the edge of disaster, but I managed to complete the 11 or so blocks without crashing.
Peaceout.
Joe

7.02.2017

So there I was, this 2nd day of July in the pagan year of 2017, minding my own business.  I was enjoying to fiddle with restoring/fixing up/fiddling with my old 1969 Alaskan camper.  Whilst sitting in a folding chair on the sidewalk, eating lunch, I spied 2 "clumping" black bamboo escapees!  Well, to ME, bad back or not, one has to deal with this when spotted as procrastination surely makes it worse!
fiddling with the camper














dealing with bamboo runners after cutting the escapees out






















THIS is what happens to "clumping" black bamboo that misbehaves!

































and here the story ends.

6.27.2017

Time for an update on the rat rod old school motor home.  This is what was called in the old days a "cab and chassis motor home". Not sure of the title yet, but thinking something like Coyote And Kokopelli Snowbirds.  I hope to finish this piece soon...



4.12.2017

April 2017.
"Paul Tuter's '39 GMC Rat Rod Toy Truck"
video
This rusty old  "ride-on" toy is a barn find from the Bend, Oregon area. 

1.08.2017

SOLD

click pictures to biggify


It's been a good while since posting so here is a stack of new works:

THE QUEEN OF THE RODEO AND THE RAT ROD
 CAPABLE WOMAN AND HER MACHINE 'BAD THE BONE'


EXCUSE ME I JUST CAME IN FOR A SANDWICH

3.06.2016

Marchant adding machine

I love when people give me old machinery or whatnot for my art.  If it gets used in the art or not is another thing, as there are piles of "groovy things" yet unused...AP gave me this rusty, crusty, dirty, busted old adding machine today.  I love it!  THANKS AP!

2.27.2016

Scuse me I just came in for a sandwich

AVAILABLE NOW AT NIVA GREEN 
IN LONG BEACH WASHINGTON!

12.17.2015

 The PLYMOUTH is finished!
Not only is the new canned ham finished and on the shelf at Bay Avenue Gallery, but it also has a name.  Henceforth it is the PLYMOUTH.  This is a special Christmas 2015 Holiday edition, and I am danged proud of it!  If you get the chance, by all means stop into the gallery to see HOW proud of it I am.









12.15.2015

A little (about 12 inches long) canned ham takes shape - this is the PLYMOUTH.  Scroll down for vid.



Here's a link {opens in new window} to that song in the background - Jimmie Reed Highway

12.03.2015

Canned Ham #5 is on the bench - no name yet - time will tell.

I will add to this post as this project progresses...
 ABOVE basic shape temporarily fastened together
 ABOVE - wheels mounted, rear bed, sink and most of the forward settee is in
 ABOVE Looking out the window, one can see a photo of an inspiration
 ABOVE - one can see the placement of the sink cabinet - not finished quite yet.