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Karen is a powerhouse on the international sand circuit. Highly competitive, it is almost ironic that she partnered with me for the inaugural Tournament of Champions last year, since I am not known for my love of competing in sand events so much. But it was my good fortune that she did work with me, as we won first place at that Grand Master event anyway. A fine and fast illustrator in sand, her own designs -like mine, can tend to the fantastical or whimsical. The medium of sand is perfect for the fantasy genre, and she is unquestionably one of the very best at it. She comes and goes for the Jesolo summer events, sometimes passing up this gig for a contest or other job somewhere else, but she is as enthusiastic and as hard a worker when present, as anyone that has ever shown their stuff here. We certainly look forward to her future contributions at this great event, and other Sultans Of Sand shows, worldwide.
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The Buffalo SoldiersThe nickname of the all-black soldier regiments known as "Buffalo Soldiers" began with the Cheyenne indian warriors in 1867. The actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo, but over time, "Buffalo Soldiers" became a generic term for all African American soldiers. Some sources say that the name "Buffalo Soldiers" was given to African American soldiers because the Indians thought that their hair resembled a buffalo's curly fur. But it is more likely that the indians called them this as a term of respect for thier fierce fighting "like the buffalo."
by Karen Fralich
From 1866 to the early 1890s these fine regiments served at a variety of posts in the Southwestern United States (Apache Wars) and Great Plains regions. Thirteen enlisted men and six officers from these four regiments earned the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars. In addition to the military campaigns, the "Buffalo Soldiers" served a variety of roles along the frontier from building roads to escorting the U.S. mail.