I had promised to give Ralph some photos he could draw from and it turned into a sort of game. As we looked at over 350 pictures of re-enactors he started to say “That’s one of my bags. Or, I beaded those moccasins. That’s one of my powder horns and I made those leggings. And it went on and on. I was in utter amazement at not only the quality pieces that he has out there, but at the sheer quantity and the vast array of people he has done work for.
So chances are the next time you see someone with a fine quill bag, leg ties or a quilled arm band just ask who made them. And don’t be surprised how many times the answer is Ralph Heath.
And a final word to the wise. If you ever have a chance to purchase one of his pieces consider it a work of art and a very good investment. I’m absolutely sure you won’t regret it.
When it comes to Ralph Heath he loves history, re-enacting, and Indian art. Ralph is making his Indian art his main retirement pastime. I asked Ralph how long he thinks he can continue to keep up at this pace. Ralph replied’ “As long as people like my work, and my mind and my fingers still work together.”
Ralph Heath was chosen as Re-Enactor of the Month for February 2005 because he puts back, through his civic work, his work with children, his willingness to share his craft and his with others and his study of the great Miami Indians (which is never ending). Ralph is another Re-Enactor who walks the walk and talks the talk. Study the pictures of Ralph’s work and you will see for yourself, what others are saying about Ralph Heath and why they are collecting his work.