Welcome To Our New Store!

Pennie Opal Plant, owner Gathering TribesI am very excited to share our new online store with you.  As many of you know, we temporarily (we thought) closed our retail gallery store, Gathering Tribes, on March 16th.  After realizing that the pandemic was going to stay a while, after 29 years we realized that the closure had to be permanent.  It wasn't an easy decision, but it was the right one for us.

The retail location had a lot of inventory that was built up over many years and I wish I had a magic wand to have it all uploaded now, but it's going to take a while. I hope that those of you familiar with the retail store will have patience with the process of photographing, measuring, weighing, describing and uploading each treasure that we offer.

As I write the description of each piece, I think about what one of our friends said to me during the closing sale, "I hope there is a way that you can bring the good energy to the website that you've brought to the store."   I've done my best to tell folks the same thing here that I would have said in the store.  I know it's not the same, but it's the best I can do.

Hopefully, you received the newsletter announcing the opening of Gathering Tribes online.  If you didn't, please sign up now and we'll let you know of new items that are available and blog posts to find out if my husband, Michael Horse, and I will be setting up at shows and pow wows once we are all able to mingle again.  And, of course, feel free to email me if you have any questions at treasures@gatheringtribes.com.

This is a challenging time.  Some of us have lost family and friends to COVID-19, including myself.  Early on in March, I was praying for guidance on what this is all about.  I realized that intelligent forces greater than us, perhaps Mother Earth, are letting us know we need to take a time out. 

Here in California in the first several weeks of the shelter-in-place, the number of birds singing dramatically increased.  With so few cars on the roads, the air cleared and the sky turned a color of blue that I hadn't seen since I was a child.  It was wonderful to see the Chevron refinery near where we live stop emitting clouds of toxins and my family's respiratory and sinus issues cleared up for weeks.  All over the world our non-human relatives made their way back into territories they had not felt comfortable being seen in for many decades. 

I think we all enjoyed seeing the photos of a variety of animals in cities emptied of human activity.  My favorite photo from that time is of a coyote lying down on the Golden Gate Bridge. After several weeks of not leaving her home, one of my friends told me that the birds she feeds began peering into her window.  They had never done that before.  We both like to think that they, and other creatures, have wondered what has happened to us, why have we stopped going out so much, and if we are alright.

In the last month or so, government officials told us here in the United States that it was time to "go back to work" and to go out to shop and dine to support the economy.  In many parts of the country, officials also told the public that masks and social distancing were no longer necessary.  As a result we have seen cases of the virus rise in alarming rates, the highest rates of infection in the world. 

Once again, it seems that intelligent forces greater than us are communicating to us that humans are not in charge and that we have this time out to think about how we can re-imagine a world that is safe, sustainable and balanced, where we remember how to live within the laws of nature in order for the sacred system of life to safely continue.  I hope that we are all spending some time imagining and pondering a vibrant and healthy world.

May we remain patient, safe, strong and healthy during this challenging time.  Sending much gratitude to each one of you.


  • Nancy Wallace Nelson

    Pennie and Michael -
    You look so relaxed and happy in this photo. What a joy to see your joy and to hear your new life plans. I’m glad you’re near the MN Line 3. They need your energy.

    Blessings, Nancy Wallace Nelson, the Mendocino seeker

  • Michael Little Bear Sr.

    I love your words, you right so elegant, tell it like it is with love and peace in your words. I’m sad to say that we have lost a couple family members to this virus 1 Elder and one close close friend. I feel Mother Nature also telling us to slow down take a breath or even better take break. But the powers-that-be are pushing to keep that big machine working. Our government sure is something else. Power to the people. Peace and love to you and Michael.

  • Carrie Ann

    What a beautiful welcome statement you’ve written. I own a few pieces of vintage jewelry by MH. The pieces I acquired lead me to research and find your site. I live in South FL where the Seminole Miccosukee tribe is. I can only imagine the beautiful shop you have. It would be great if your site included interior photos of the shop showcases you had to pay homage to it and for us curious folks :) May those good memories live on and may you have great success reaching many new art lovers far and wide via online. Best wishes and thank you for your love and respect for the earth, our environment and all of the worlds divine creatures.

  • Lisa Bullwinkel

    SOOOOOOO glad to hear from you, my dear friend. All on new paths, I see! Much love.

  • Diane De Pisa

    Pennie, Thank you for the observations, images of coyote on the bridge, birds piping up: signs sent via a pandemic that the real world is waiting to resume its ways once humans pause our obstructions. You bring wisdom as well as beauty.

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