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Beading is tastefully done in Bone Hairpipe beads, sterling silver beads, Italian glass beads from Venice, Chevron beads and glass trade beads.
Paula says -
"This one of a kind masterful creation is wearable art to treasure and pass along for generations. It is entirely hand carved from bone and hand painted."
Necklace is 22" long.
Sterling Silver fastener.
Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?
The Water Bird is a symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.
The Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition, but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning, thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas, those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the "sacred clown".
The Thunderbird is a cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from the white man's medal dies. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.
Used by the Plains Indians people for generations, bone and feathers have played an important part of everyday life, ceremonies and adornment.
Lonny and Michelle Cloud were the first modern artists to combine elements of bones and feathers into bone feather jewelry. They have been designing and making their bone feather art for 20 years. Although there have been imitations of their designs the Clouds' work is distinctive and of the finest quality available.
What's more, Lonny has an affinity for horses and, lucky for us, horses are featured in much of his work.
We are offering a variety of Lonny and Michelle Cloud's work for your enjoyment.
Lonny is a registered Lumbee Nation of North Carolina and America. Michelle is a registered Pine Ridge Sioux (Oglala tribe). Their company is called Thunder Puppy Art.
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