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Strung on 34" golden deer hide adjustable to any length by tying.
A clear turquoise cabochon in the center of the Four Directions Medicine Wheel Morning Star.
and dated by the artist on the bottom.
Paula says -
"Don't let these photos fool you, gourd amulet is tiny - only 2 1/2" tall. The gourd was hollowed out and filled with tiny glass beads to make it rattle, wood burned and hand painted. This is serious, old-school artistry - no glue-on decals, no tracings or appliqués used.
"It is an amulet, it is a pendant, it is a rattle! Once you realize how small this amulet is and how delicate the work is, you will come to appreciate the expert skill that went into making it."
Dime above shows scale of amulet.
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.
MINIATURES - 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.
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.
Wolf is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Wolf is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Wolf is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Wolf is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.
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.