Authentic Native American Indian Apache Dreamcatcher
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10" diameter hoop wrapped in soft deer skin.
Center of Spider Woman's web is a Four Directions Medicine Wheel made from Four Colors bone hair pipe beads with a Zuni hand-carved turquoise bear totem in the middle. Also in the web are a hand carved buffalo bone eagle feather and a 1000 year old Hohokam pottery shard.
At the bottom of the hoop is a jasper arrowhead suspended from a swag of turquoise, coral and other beads.
The tiny deerskin medicine bag has a coral closure and is filled with sacred sage and crystals.
Paula says - "What a wonderfully made dreamcatcher. Excellent materials and workmanship; entirely hand crafted, made in ceremony, with attention to detail and durability by Cynthia Whitehawk.
"Center of Spider Woman's web is a Four Directions Medicine Wheel made from bone hair pipe beads. Also in the web are a hand carved buffalo bone eagle feather and a 1000 year old Hohokam pottery shard. On the rim is a medicine pouch with a red coral button. A jasper arrowhead is suspended from a swag of turquoise and coral at the bottom of the hoop."
"Comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist."
total hanging length.
Fringe is decorated with pea hen feathers, red buffalo horn beads, buffalo bone beads, copper, brass, and nickel beads and cones.
Words from Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk:
DREAMCATCHERS are known to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas to filter and destroy bad dreams, thoughts or negative influences, allowing the good, positive and enlightening influences and strong healing to take place. Totems, fetishes, ritual and ceremonial items significant to the owner are added for additional healing energies. Read more about dreamcatchers . . .
SPIDER WOMAN - She is the creator and weaver of life, the great teacher, protector and Mother of all creation. She manifests as Sacred Guardian, overseeing the welfare of all those in need. In her aspect as Creator and Mother, Spider Woman affirms that women are essential and central to the life process. She reminds us that people of all races were created from the same source, with equal rights and responsibilities.
BEAR is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.
EAGLE: The eagle is a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. The eagle represents enlightenment reached through inner work, understanding and reclaiming our personal power. Tenacity, clear vision & patience, living in balance with Spirit and Earth. Eagle connects one with Great Spirit, the Great Mystery, opening the soul to greater healing. It tells you that the universe is giving you the opportunity to fly above your life's worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities, granting yourself permission to be free in order to reach all the joy that your heart desires, and Spirit requires.
MEDICINE WHEEL - The Medicine Wheel is an integral part of American Indian Spirituality. It is based on the four cardinal directions and the four sacred colors. The circle represents life and the four colors, like the seasons, are the changes we make on our journey. At the center of the circle is the eternal fire from which everything originates and everything returns.. Read more about Four Colors Medicine Wheel.