The Wagadu Chronicles is an African-inspired role playing game (RPG) steeped in the folklore, magick, history, and indigenous traditions of the continent – creating “an authentic experience for underserved and underrepresented players”. The Afrofantasy massively multiplayer online game (MMOPRG), which is entirely focused on roleplaying, combines the mythologies of Africa with the fantasy storytelling tradition […]The Wagadu Chronicles: Afrofantasy video and offline role playing game changing the face and accessibility of gaming — Life & Soul Magazine
The leaves are falling, pumpkins are showing up at market, and the cozy comforts of home beckon — it must be October. Make the most of this month’s bountiful harvest, get some exercise raking leaves in the brisk air, and button down your house in preparation for winter. 8 more wordsTo-Dos: Your October Home Checklist — Wyndesong’s Place
Get your cool-season garden started and look forward to harvesting lettuces, kale, arugula, chard, and more In most climates, leafy greens such as lettuces, arugula, spinach, chard, and mustard greens grow best planted in late summer or early spring, where the plants thrive in the warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime ones. In mild-winter areas,…Read…10 Edible Greens to Plant Now — Wyndesong’s Place
Optimism filled the air at Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design 2021 as iconic brands looked to a post-pandemic future After many months of pandemic-related restrictions, the streets of Copenhagen were unusually vibrant and filled with optimism during 3 Days of Design, the Danish capital’s annual design festival, which took place Sept. 16 to 18 this…Read…Comfortable Classics and Sustainability at Danish Design Show — Wyndesong’s Place
In some regions of Japan, this time of year marks the peak of the annual rice harvest season. Traditionally, Japanese farmers have reused leftover rice straw (“wara” in Japanese), a byproduct of the harvest, to feed livestock and better the soil. Artisans have used it for making tatami mats and other household objects. But over time, technology has replaced these traditions with the utilization of industrial materials, leaving farmers with enormous amounts of dry rice straw for which they have no use.
In the coastal region of Niigata Prefecture, a major rice-growing area, the Wara Art Festival brings a creative solution to this problem: enchanting, oversized sculptures of animals and mythical creatures made exclusively of rice straw. The straw sculptures are designed by students from Tokyo’s Musashino Art University and installed in collaboration with local residents in Niigata. After a year of hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is now back for its 13th edition, welcoming visitors at the local Uwasekigata Park through October 31.
Founded in 2007, the Wara Art Festival is organized jointly by Niigata City’s local tourism council and the Musashino Art University. It is the brainchild of Shingo Miyajima, a professor at the Department of Science and Design at Musashino, who in 2006 was asked by Niigata’s farming community to think of a solution to the problem of unused rice straw. The professor came up with a creative idea: monumental animal sculptures supported by wooden frames. Since then, the festival has become a major tourist attraction in the region.
Rising from the fields, the mammoth artworks can climb to the height of 30 feet. The exhibition features menacing, sharp-toothed beasts and dragons alongside endearing apes and elephants. This year’s displays also include a representation of an Amabie, a beaked mermaid or merman from Japanese mythology.
Ideal for a family trip, the festival’s Facebook page shows visitors of all ages posing for pictures inside the open jaws of a crocodile or in the lap of a giant gorilla. The festival has only one request from visitors to ensure the safety of the displays: Please don’t fly drones in the park!
Prep your home for cooler weather with these tasks to do in an hour, over a weekend, and during the month From the first days, which probably still feel like summer, to the last, when you may notice that first chill in the air, September is a time of transition. Get your home ready for…Read…To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist — Wyndesong’s Place
Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr.
Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. was born in Laredo, Texas in 1943. He studied art and education at Texas A & I (now Texas A & M Kingsville), where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.
He was a teacher in his hometown of Laredo as well as in Crystal City and Austin, Texas. He continues to teach as part of the Studio Art League program at Alexander High School in Laredo and is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas. He has been a presenter at many national education conferences.
Of course, Amado’s first love is art, and he has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years.
Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry. His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment.
His artwork is inspired by places such as Canyon de Chelly, Spider Rock, Monument Valley, Enchanted Mesa, Acoma, and Black Mesa. These sites are part of an enduring landscape that speaks of the ancient heritage of a region that is now known as Arizona and New Mexico.
Amado’s artwork is defined by its bold color and form and dynamic composition. Through his art, he communicates his vision of a land, its people and their art.
Amado Peña is recognized as an Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. This is a particularly high honor and one that he cherishes. He is dedicated to furthering
the public’s knowledge and interest in the Tribe, its art, its history, and its culture.
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