Someone once told me turkey feathers symbolize fertility abundance, pride & regarded for having healing & cleansing properties. I like to make smudge fan feathers with these. My hunter relatives and friends often drop me items after hunting season to keep the flow of artwork and crafts going. Nothing wasted. Honoring our neighbors the Winged beings.
Baby Loon Mini Traditional Fan Feather is dressed up with a deer bone handle and natural tan deer hide. Decorated with Beach glass from Lake Eerie. I collected beach glass along the Eerie shores along my travels. One summer day i was out having a nature walk up by a lake in my homelands Kitigan Zibi. I heard a Loon fly onto the waters…it seemed frantically searching for something when i noticed it. Loons remain close to their families. as i approached the lakeside I noticed a tiny baby loon had been attacked and it’s life was just not there anymore. When I am on nature walks I like to place tobacco on the ground and pray for its once upon a time life. I always tell my children…when we dance we enter the pow wow grounds wearing our buckskins and feathers and furs…we honor the life of our four legged friends, winged people, all creation…when we wear it we offer it new life that way my children discover the work I am putting into the regalia or items i make is being honored and recreated with TLC.
I like it when i make something and someone i know spots it at a pow wow then a good trade is about to happen.
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scrimshaw on the horn and was smoke tanned and made into a hollow medicine pouch…when it hangs it’s wings are fringes. I love it when I return to places I have been and see my artwork still there.
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Sometimes I go places and leave things behind to brighten your world because you are appreciated for all that you do
A friend traveled miles to come visit me for a time…He taught me how to make these shrinkums! You can turn the plastic container lids from your salad boxes, clean it up…paint or draw on it and make jewelry pendants out of them. What an awesome way to recycle…the is enough garbage in the world Why not turn it into something reusable and something someone will appreciate!