Authentic Native American Indian Apache Dreamcatcher
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6" diameter hoop wrapped in soft deer skin.
Zuni hand carved turquoise bear.
Eagle feather hand carved from buffalo bone above a medicine pouch containing sacred sage.
1000 year old Hohokam pottery shard.
Hand carved agate turtle totem hangs below the dreamcatcher base.
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 turquoise Zuni bear totem surrounded by a hand carved buffalo bone eagle feather, a 1000 year old Hohokam pottery shard, a medicine pouch and an agate turtle suspended from a swag of turquoise, copper, brass and nickel beads.
"Comes with Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist."
Fringe is decorated with barred pea hen feathers, red buffalo horn beads, buffalo bone beads, copper, brass, and nickel beads and cones.
22" from top of hoop to bottom of golden deerskin fringe.
Barred pea hen feathers.
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.
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 and others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.