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Paula says -
"This rattle is entirely hand crafted, carved, wood burned, and painted. There are no is no glue-on decals, no tracings or appliqués used.
"The design includes a Four Directions Medicine Wheel with a turquoise cabochon in the center, a large white wolf face and 3 howling white wolves. The wrist strap is made of deer hide and is embellished with green glass trade beads, brass beads and white horse hair.
"The sound of this rattle is crisp and clear."
Four Directions Medicine Wheel has a turquoise cabochon in the center.
Anasazi design around the top and bottom of the gourd bulb.
Bottom is signed and dated.
From Apache Artist Cynthia Whitehawk
RATTLES - 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.
WOLF teaches great dignity, courage, powerful Spirit communications, instinct and intelligence. Deep family connection and importance, stealth, wisdom, and extreme endurance. Wolf is a powerful ally on our Spiritual Journeys.
MEDICINE WHEEL - The Medicine Wheel represents American Indian Spirituality - the journey each individual must take to find his or her path. The Medicine Wheel is based on the four cardinal directions and the four sacred colors. A circle represents life; at the center of the circle is the eternal fire.