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The lid has four pairs of Bear Tracks with Anasazi designs. There are two Cross Path with Four Directions Medicine Wheel designs that span the lid and body, thereby helping for correct lid placement.
These ceremonial art designs are pyrographed (burned) onto the gourd, then dyed and painted.
Paula says -
"This incredibly beautiful work of art was entirely hand crafted, carved, wood burned, and painted. There are no is no glue-on decals, no tracings or appliqués used.
"This lidded gourd is a one-of-a-kind box, designed, carved, wood burned and painted all by hand and in ceremonial spirit by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk. This is a big thick, strong gourd making a wonderful natural box. A perfect place to store your smudging supplies, jewelry or other sacred objects."
Knob is made from a tumbled, polished natural quartz stone.
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.SEARCHING BEAR - Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American artists. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol of 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.
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.
MINIATURE PYROGRAPHY - The techniques used in the creation of this one of a kind art are the most difficult to master. Miniature pyrography (carving with fire) takes the utmost of patience, a precise clear vision, as well as an extremely delicate hand. Not only is miniature work the most difficult, but the most time consuming, add to that working on a slick rounded surface which requires the highest of skill. This art is extremely rare and only practiced by the most gifted of people.