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Bottom is signed and dated.
Paula says -
"This rattle is the Dream of the Dragonfly's Dance. Entirely hand crafted, carved, wood burned, and painted. There are no is no glue-on decals, no tracings or appliqués used.
"The design includes two Four Directions Medicine Wheels each with a turquoise cabochon in the center, 2 large dragonflies and 2 medium ones. The wrist strap is made of deer hide and is embellished with green glass trade beads and brass beads.
"The sound of this rattle is crisp and clear."
There are two Four Directions Medicine Wheels, each with a turquoise cabochon in the center.
There are two large dragonflies, one teal and one green, plus two medium dragonflies, one gold and one red.
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.
DRAGONFLY - Spiritually embodies the stripping away all negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Reminds us that anything is possible and is the keeper of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonfly inspires Spiritually and Creatively, helps on the path of discovery and enlightenment.
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.