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One Mother Earth Turtle carries the Sacred Four Directions Morning Star.
Another Mother Earth Turtle carries the Sacred Four Directions Medicine Wheel Feather Shield.
There is a turquoise cabochon in the center of each of the two Mother Earth Turtles.
Genuine soft buckskin wrist strap at the top.
Paula says -
"This engagingly beautiful work of art was entirely hand crafted, carved, wood burned, & painted. There are no is no glue-on decals, no tracings or appliqués used.
"Sacred Four Directions Morning Star is transported on the back of Mother Earth Turtle, with genuine turquoise cabochon center. On the other side of rattle, Sacred Four Directions Medicine Wheel Feather Shield is carried on the back of Mother Earth Turtle with turquoise cabochon center. Soft, supple and durable genuine buckskin wrist strap, beaded with traditional red buffalo horn & copper beads.
"The sound of this rattle is crisp and bright."
Soft leather disc on the base.
From Apache Artist Cynthia Whitehawk
MY MISSION - We are thankful and honored to be able to respect the Spirits of the plants, animals and Mother Earths elements who give themselves and continue their life as healing tools for us. We offer these tools for Spiritual expression, to be in balance with Mother Earth and one's self.
RATTLES - Native American rattles have been and are used for many purposes including healing and other medicine uses, dancing for ceremony and celebration, commemorating birth and more. To First Nations people, shakers or rattles represent rain (for prayers of abundance and prosperity) and tears, especially those of emotional release. Tears of joy signifying when the mind, body, soul and spirit connect. Ceremonially, rattles are used in cleansing and purifying, spiritual guidance work, celebration and in thanks and respect to Ancestral Spirits.
Rattles can be made of many materials including deer and elk hooves, rawhide, turtle shells, gourds, wood, buffalo parts (horn, hump bone, scrotum) bones, horns and antlers of all kinds, leather (cowhide, buckskin, elkskin).
The rattling items are either inside or outside. Rattles such as gourds might have small items inside such as beans, corn, small stones, or even the seeds native to the gourd itself. Rattles with external sound makers are adorned with pieces of metal, tinkle cones, bells, beads and more.
Generally, medicine rattles are made entirely of natural materials and the sound is more muted. Dance rattles are made of almost any materials, natural and otherwise. In fact, unusual items such as pieces of scrap metal, coins and other resonating materials are used to create a loud, crisp sound. Dance rattles are often made like a coup stick, using bone or wood with a handle on the end.
TURTLE - Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself snd others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.
MORNING STAR - Infinite possibilities, Hope, Renewal, sign for Venus, also the Goddess. Honored as a sign of courage and purity of Spirit. The Ghost Dance Religion saw it as a symbol of the coming renewal of tradition, re-birth of the ancient ways of living with Mother Earth.