At a Berlin day care center, a little boy lights a match and touches it to another, making a sudden flare. The girl sitting next to him shouts a word that is the same in German and English: “Cool!” The two children, both under 6, aren’t breaking any rules. They are taking part in a
Reversing its stance of more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America said on Monday that the group would begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application, paving the way for transgender boys to join the organization. “For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth
By Annie Tritt About two years ago, I began photographing transgender and “gender-expansive” children and young adults in the United States and Europe. I wanted to ask this question: “Who are we beyond ideas tied to our gender?” The answer is critical not only to the transgender community, I believe, but to everyone. In the
People are a little worried about the human species these days. Maybe it’s the rash of terrorist attacks throughout the world. Maybe it’s the tone of the presidential campaign. Maybe it’s because so many of us are suffering from a nasty case of empathy fatigue in response to the horrors humans inflict upon each other
A new study shows that the pressures associated with discrimination contribute to the achievement gap. For 15-year-old Zion Agostini, the start of each school day is a new occasion to navigate a minefield of racial profiling. From an early age, walking home from elementary school with his older brother, Agostini took note of the differential
Researchers are discovering how crucial microbes are to our health and to avoiding a range of newly common diseases. So it’s time to get dirty, eat better and stop overusing antibiotics. Our friend Julia moved to a small free-range pig and poultry farm when her first child, Jedd, was a preschooler. When her second baby
Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a
Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working. Nothing in particular stands out about the two adjoining rooms at South Burlington High School, one littered with desks, the other lined with simple grey cubicles. Yet the 30
Here’s a taste of the short documentary, The Land (2015), a film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn
Late last year, Drumduan Upper School received its first government inspection. In an era of merciless performance targets and obsessive testing, any school administrator would naturally feel apprehensive. Drumduan’s head teacher, Krzysztof Zajaczkowski, a working-class son of Polish immigrants who has an instinctive distrust of authority, expected to be shut down. He had not forgotten
TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal
waanaki we will be selling kids vintage and more at mercado sagrado located at an oak grove in the canyons of malibu, california saturday — may 2 — 11am-6pm sunday — may 3 — 11am-7pm bring a picnic blanket and plan to spend the day for this epic gathering! there wil be more amazing vendors,
Marshal Rosenberg has been an inspiration − offering tools to communicate in a peaceful paradigm. He is the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that “helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.” He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication,
Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980) is a documentary, directed by Les Blank, about garlic, filmed primarily in Berkeley, Gilroy, Oakland and San Francisco, California; features interviews with Werner Herzog, director of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Its official premiere was at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival. In
As our children were growing up, one of their playmates was a girl named Jessica. Our kids would disappear with Jessica to make forts, build a treehouse and share dreams. We were always concerned because — there’s no polite way to say this — Jessica was a mess. Her mother, a teen mom, was away
When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project released their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over
With the school day and school year increasing, homework loads growing and ballet, soccer and Mandarin taking over the rest of their time, children today have very little opportunity to simply … play. “We’ve created an abnormal environment,” Peter Gray, a psychology professor at Boston College and the author of the book “Free to Learn,”
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. “The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons
Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
Etta is the lucky girl who gets to wear the vintage, 1970s floral jean jumper purchased from waanaki. Thanks for sending the pic Tracy;)
ADOLESCENCE is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. Developmentally, teenagers face a number of social and emotional challenges, like starting to separate from their parents, getting accepted into a peer group and
In celebration of the Summer Solstice, we are offering 20% off regular priced items. Use Promo Code: summerlove Sale Starts Now
One way this 1980s sunflower jean dress can be worn.
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When Luke gets angry, he tries to remember to look at his bracelet. It reminds him of what he can do to calm himself: stop, take a deep breath, count to four, give yourself a hug and, if necessary, ask an adult for help. Luke is 5 and he has been practicing these steps for
The 2nd annual Spirit Weavers Gathering brings forth the gift of honoring women along with children of the earth and sun. Founder, Amy Woodruff, aka Daughter of the Sun, envisioned the idea of gathering women and children to share sacred time and space through ceremony, song, dance, skill sharing and teaching the wisdoms of sacred
We are now re-open for business! After six months we are excited to announce that we are live again!! Yes − we are coming through with kids vintage and more − adding new items weekly. This weeks offerings are for the summer days to come – available here. Thank you to Sunday for the beautiful
A selection of waanaki children’s vintage clothing is now available at the waanaki shop-in-shop at Tomboy Kids! OPENS TOMORROW, December 10th, 2013 Tomboy Kids 1406 Micheltorena Street Los Angeles CA 90026 Tues-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-6
A Native American story about an old woman and her subsequent spirit journey. Once she is safely “beyond the ridge” the story focuses on the woman’s family and how ritual helps them mourn and then accept her passing. The universal wisdom this book contains will give comfort and insight on a subject that can be
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. This is a brilliant RSA animation of Sir Ken Robinson’s insightful and uplifting talk on the need for creativity and divergent thinking in schools.
New faaaaaalll arrivals include sweaters, tops, bottoms, and outerwear!
One day last spring, James Wade sat cross-legged on the carpet and called his kindergarten class to order. Lanky and soft-spoken, Wade has a gentle charisma well suited to his role as a teacher of small children: steady, rather than exuberant. When a child performs a requested task, like closing the door after recess, he
Making empathy books with children is a wonderful tool to help children understand what is happening in their lives and to build emotional literacy. Books help children know about their experiences, as well as supporting them with their feelings. They let children know that we take very seriously what happens to them. It is a
We’ve just added a selection of what we feel are the best human and animal Ostheimer figures available. Ostheimer has been handcrafting fine wooden toys in Germany for more than 50 years; each item is designed to be handed down from generation to generation.
Additions include tops, shorts and playsuits from the 90s. Free Shipping on all USA orders and International Orders 50+.
Free Shipping on all USA orders starts today! Free Shipping on International orders $50+
Poppy travels to Firenze, Italy wearing a 1950s vintage dress from waanaki.
25% off EVERYTHING in our shop — including sale items! Starts Today, June 10 — Ends Thursday, June 20 Enter promo code: spring13
Come visit us at the Echo Park Craft Fair this weekend and receive 25% off clothing, accessories and homewares. We will also have a selection of Burden Baskets and Bowls by Nanette Sullano. Echo Park Craft Fair 821 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 Saturday, May 11th, 12-7pm Sunday, May 12th, 12-6pm
Additions include: Annika Bushman, Native American inspired blank cards for that thoughtful gift; Flat weave khadi towels – perfect for the coming summer months; and Mixtex hand carved one-of-a-kind gourd bowls and rattles.
Marlowe gracefully wears a dress handmade by the Mixtec peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico. Purchased at the waanaki pop up shop at Creatures of Comfort, Los Angeles. Similar dress available here. Photos courtesy of Rip+Tan.
Newest in shop include handmade dresses, tops and shoes.
Materials: fresh sweet potato, toothpicks, mason jar The Sweet Potato makes a fine looking vine to grow indoors. It can grow to a height of six feet or more. To get your vine started, stick six or seven toothpicks in a circle around a sweet potato near the bigger end. See drawing 1. Suspend the
Our new spring additions in shop include vintage Puff Pants, Cut Off Jean Vests and Shorts.
Just added more overalls to our stock!
Shop our new spring arrivals!
SALE: 40% – 50% off Nico Nico and Hansel from Basel. Free Shipping on orders $75+.
This is the last week to get your shop on — waanaki at Creatures of Comfort, 7971 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Closing January 13th.
IMAGINE walking into the toy department and noticing several distinct aisles. In one, you find toys packaged in dark brown and black, which include the “Inner-City Street Corner” building set and a “Little Rapper” dress-up kit. In the next aisle, the toys are all in shades of brown and include farm-worker-themed play sets and a
waanaki — a temporary shop for children December 15 — January 13, 2013 Reception: Saturday, December 15, 4-7pm Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles is pleased to present waanaki — a temporary shop for children, organized by Nanette Sullano. The shop and exhibition will take place at the Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles Flagship Store at
These Tribal Rugs would make a bright addition to any room. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and woven with colorful, fine threads of wool or a mixture of cotton, silk, lamb wool or goat hair.
Time to warm up those legs and feet with new tights, leggings and socks from Hansel from Basel!
Fall additions include hand-knit sweaters and 70′s flared bottoms. Free shipping on orders $75+.
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Top Image – Poncho: Nico Nico Dean Poncho, Turtleneck: Variegated Striped Turtleneck, Pants: Nico Nico Champ Leggings, Bracelets: C Smith Amber Bracelets, Toy: Aizome Cat, Shoes: Red Camp Moccasins. Bottom Image – Shirt: Checkered Plaid Flannel, Sweater: Synchilla Sweater, Vest: Blue Jean Vest, Pants: Nico Nico Champ Leggings.
We have added new items: dresses,overalls, jeans, jumpers and our latest kid’s fashion periodical, kid’s wear magazine, volume 35. Featuring PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mark Borthwick, Nan Goldin, Petrina Hicks, Achim Lippoth, Mike Meiré, Manuela Pavesi, Ed Templeton, Bruce Weber. ILLUSTRATORS: Thea Barkhoff, Esther Gebauer. AUTHORS: Petra Barkhof, Violaine Belle-Croix, Julia van Hove, Michael Kröger, Patrizia Mezzanzanica, Heiko
Brake Free (1970), the third in a series of films that Carson Davidson made on railways (the others are ‘Third Avenue El’ and ‘Railway with a heart of Gold’), is staged on the Mount Washington Cog Railway (New Hampshire). Winner of the Silver Medal, Venice International Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. Railways that climb
Born in Italy in 1915, Harry Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943, Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and
Daedalus fashions wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from the Labyrinth of King Minos of Crete. However, when Icarus fails to heed his fathers warnings, he suffers the consequences. Gerald McDermott made just five short animated films before changing careers and becoming a Caldecott Award-winning children’s author. Sun Flight (1966) was his
“As a major serving in the British military during World War II, Jon Naar witnessed a way of life reduced to rubble. In the winter of 1973, as a fifty-something photojournalist living and working in New York, Naar once again saw a devastated landscape. But here the names of the young and dispossessed — often
CD-Rt digital release from Sun An — Henry Street. Free Download. Mixed, Mastered May, 2012 in Brooklyn Heights, New York. “If you ever had a sense of emptiness and absence of something intangible after the end of Jeff Witscher’s Marble Sky project, Sun An comes to the rescue. Just like the cover, the music on
This animated folk tale from the Congo, illustrated by Gerald McDermott, centers around twin brothers, Luemba and Mavungu. When the neglected and unloved brother Mavungu finally leaves home, he finds a tree blocking the river and frees the people imprisoned within the tree. Mavungu wins the love of a beautiful princess and receives the strength,
These inspiring totems are a series of art pieces made by design duo Zoe Miller and David Goodman of Miller Goodman. Salvaged materials (wood,tin,old springs and wool) were used for these pieces and exhibited at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi.
Some inspiration to begin your first day of Summer. Arrow to the Sun is a 1973 short film and a 1974 book, both by Gerald McDermott. The book was illustrated in gouache and ink, and won the 1975 Caldecott Medal. Both are a retelling of an ancient Pueblo legend, in which a young boy seeks
The Stonecutter (1960) 6 min, dir. Gerald McDermott. McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, a complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With
Inspirational children’s art. Picture Making by Children, R.R. Tomlinson, The Studio Limited, London/NY, 1934.
A peek into fiber artist, Ashley Thayer’s life and work. Directed by Michael Wells. Ashley Thayer’s, Maricolous baby quilts are available here.
Let the Summer fun begin… 25% off everything in our shop — including sale items! Enter promo code: summer 5 DAYS ONLY — 25% OFF EVERYTHING STARTS TODAY, MAY 24TH; ENDS MONDAY, MAY 28TH Photograph: Helen Levitt, 1972
“Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.” – Charles Eames. In 1950, Charles and Ray Eames began a series of paper toys. Their first project was a series of masks. The masks, in the shapes of birds, fish and animal heads, were mocked up in
Inspirational paper masks and costumes designed and made by Charles and Ray Eames.
This summer we welcome children’s designer brand, Nico Nico with basic organic cotton tops that can easily be paired with vintage pieces. Check it out: Nico Nico Circles Tank, Duck Pond Swim Cap, Anchor Swim Trunks II, Nico Nico Raglan Sweatshirt, C Smith Amber Bracelet II, Dignity Puff Pants.
Our friend Astrid coolin’ out in her new Rose Pinafore Dress and Pink Parisian Sunglasses from waanaki. Spring is here — Summer is next!
In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. We are born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be
The cotton khadi yoga-play mats have arrived…..plus more!
An introductory lecture on Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC, Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who founded the The Center for NonViolent Communication, beginning in the 1960s. His philosophy has also been adapted by Echo Parenting and Education and the Peaceful Parent Institute.
Thanks for the small fashion write up and link to waanaki on the Daily Candy Kids! Top: Classic Stripe Shirt, Jeans: Slim Blue Jeans, Sweater: Grid Cardigan. Photograph by Michael Wells.
Check out a few of our New Spring Arrivals! Quilt: Ashley Thayer Quilt II, Shirt: Diagonal Stripe Shirt, Blazer: Checkered Blazer, Shoes: Vallartita Slip Ons I
Jonas Wood’s first exhibition of new work will open on March 31, 2012, and run through May 12 at David Kordansky Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Making use of sources that are often intimately connected to his own life, Wood nonetheless exemplifies a wide-ranging and
Thanks for the post and link to waanaki on the kid’s wear magazine blog! kid’s wear, established in 1995, is magazine for children’s fashion, lifestyle and culture which is unique anywhere in the world. Twice a year, for the beginning of each fashion season, the world’s best photographers and many of today’s eminent photographic artists
Dress: Ring Shift, Smock: Orange Red Poppy Apron. Photograph by Michael Wells.
Art exhibition of new work by the internationally recognized Japanese artist Misaki Kawai, entitled Love from Mt. Pom Pom at The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), March 14 — June 10.
Ideas for a rainy day (like today) — Pauline Johnson, Creating With Paper (1967).
Thank you Andy for the post and link to waanaki on the Reference Library blog.
Thank you Jonathan for the post and link to waanaki on the TAGBANGER blog.
Thank you Ryan for the post and link to waanaki on the South Willard blog.
We are excited to announce the launch of waanaki.com, and welcome you to peruse our online shop for an assortment of vintage children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, and homewares; please also sign our mailing list to receive updates on new items and sales.
A walk through the Arroyo Seco in the Tie Shift.
A few vintage ideas for spring… Haystack Dress, Parisian Red Sunglasses, Classic Stripe Shirt, Twill Army Vest, Jantzen Swim Shorts, and Quoddy Camp Moccasins.
Rare, one-of-a-kind, tribal have arrived! Used as a play mat, baby basket/bassinet/crib lining or even a wall hanging for warmth and color.
The winter solstice is celebrated by many people around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun, and darkness turning into light. The Talmud recognizes the winter solstice as “Tekufat Tevet.” In China, the “Dongzhi” Festival is celebrated on the Winter Solstice by families getting together and eating special festive food. One
Image from Loree.
Image from Loree.
Image above: Philippe Parreno, No More Reality (the demonstration).