Yesterday Mara had a friend over, but we were trapped inside as it rained all day long. Luckily, Solomon and Makai both took really great naps for me and I was able to help the girls stay busy. I led them to our art supply drawers and the face-paints were irresistible. Mara started the war-paint theme (she did her face all herself-isn't it quite symmetrical!) and it snow-balled from there. They raided my closet, my sewing room, and my jewelry box. I just sat back and documented.
Once the girls started hooting and putting feathers in their hair, I did interject with a little politically correct cultural schooling. "No no, native americans never said 'me chief -ugg-', they were actually quite intelligent, articulate people and they still are today..." But they are just kids and all they know about native people is what they've learned from Disney and the demented text-book Thanksgiving story. It makes me want to give my kids a better experience of the culture. Hopefully some day we'll get a chance, but for now, I think it's ok for kids to play dress up.
In this last pic I made the girls keep a straight face so they'd look like an old photograph of remote indigenous people. Those photos always look so serious. They were having so much fun it was hard to keep from giggling.