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Woodlands Native Steampunk by Forfaxia Woodlands Native Steampunk by Forfaxia
Here she is, the first incarnation of my Native American-inspired steampunk ensemble. I made quite a bit of it and even thrifted a few pieces just to get the right mix of new, used, and downright abused. I had some help getting materials from my sewing master Tawny and my part-time boss Morgan, who makes steampunk leather accessories.

It was primarily inspired by Eastern Woodlands (Anishinaabe/Potawatomi in particular, whom I'm descended from) warriors from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

I know it seems lazy, but I've done a full breakdown of the outfit for those curious on my blog- Multiculturalism for Steampunk: [link] (yep, I do that too. I wear a lot of different feathery hats).

Photo taken by Sam from Imperial Podcast at Anachrocon 2011 in Atlanta, GA.
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alc26 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
fine foto
SparrowDemeter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I found your blog first and then had to see if I could find the costume, Very cool!! 
angussky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I absolutely love it! Very rare you see someone do something like this. Very well done, I am also working my own version of incorporating Native America in to my steampunk. As we are based on an old Ironclad, I am wanting to do something like what the confederate or northern states army's used Indian scouts.
CaelynTek Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is fantastic. I love it. Are you coming to the Symposium? Hope to see you there.
gruffin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Ottawa here. Your creation is inspiring and beautiful ( and ridiculously fun). I hope you make more ensembles.
Forfaxia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
MadameMalarky Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. You look great! I never would have thought to mix the two, but it makes me happy to see someone being really original with their Steampunk.
Janos01 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
very nice
Namingway Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is just pure awesome right there! I'd love to see more multi-cultural takes on steampunk, but they're surprisingly hard to find. Lots of British/American settler inspired stuff...but it seems to occlude the rest of the world. That said, I can see some issues with branching out on the part of those who don't have a connection to the culture in question, made more thorny by the fact that Victorian times were highly colonial. But hey, Steampunk dodged that issue with the treatment of women, thank goodness. No way would I have gotten into the genre if people brought a Victorian view of women to Steampunk.
Notturna-x Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great! So nice to see this costume was made and worn after that amazing concept sketch. I must say, you don't look out of place in it at all (which I find is always a risk with ethnic-themed clothing). Love <3
Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Very well done!
Vodalok Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
nice work.
Phisisturae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Writer
I caught this from the facebook wind, its absolutely beautiful! And very creative! You blended each culture wonderfully and I'd love to see a close up of the roach, too. I can see how much you worked on it and you should be etremely proud.
I'd love to have a go at mulcul steampunk! I'm from the west country of england which might something interesting.
Goldenspring Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I love this! What an excellent idea, and well executed. *off to explore your blog*
dreaminpng Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You look amazing~! And I really enjoy reading your blog.
Forfaxia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Thank you! I appreciate it!
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