Tim Shay steatite bear
A charming stylized bear carved from steatite by Tim Shay, a Penobscot artist.
2 3/8 in. long 3/4 in. high x 5/8 in. wide
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This basket, which lies on its side (bottom is not flat), has a continuous weave spiraling up from the bottom, representing nature.
This basket lies on its side, as an acorn does (bottom is not flat). Under the lid of the basket is a turtle, and inside is a sweetgrass prayer braid.
Prayers for Humanity Basket:
“The acorn is a symbol of life and growth. Everything is connected, represented by the spiral weave. I pray for world peace, for a world full of compassion and tolerance. A world where all of the children love and encourage each other. I visualize the human race enjoying themselves, doing the creative things that make them fulfilled.
As I pray, I breathe deep and long intending a moment of peace and contentment to all of my brothers and sisters of the Earth. As I smudge, I imagine the smoke going up, up ,up and out to the whole world and those in need of a prayer. As I practice the healing art of Qi-Gong, I visualize a world of health, strong, bright, and full of laughter and love!
As I walk, I take notice of all the beauty my eyes see, all the scents my nose smell, all of the elements my skin feels, all of the sounds my ears hear! And I give thanks for being alive, For being aware, For knowing LOVE!
As I write this I can feel my little spirit grow stronger. ‘Cause you see-life is a spiral. What goes out comes back. The more I feel, the more alive I am. The more I give, the more I get.
The more I understand about being in the moment, the more beautiful everyone and everything IS!
I am calm and relaxed, right now… My being is here to learn how to spread love. My challenges are many, as I experience I gain insight.
Peace be with you!”
Pam outdusis Cunningham
7″ h (including loop) x 5″ diameter
The black patterns in Fred Tomah’s Katahdin series baskets are quite striking!
Note the stylized eagle design on the side of the basket.
9 3/4″ diameter x 11″ high
A brilliant creation by Molly Murphy, an award-winning artist. The color scheme is striking, and the hand dyed wool creates color variations that lend the surface more depth than would a flat color.
Artist’s concept statement: “This piece is a sculptural version of an umbilical fetish. In many Plains cultures the umbilical stump of an infant was saved and put in an elaborate beaded fetish (usually in the shape of a turtle, sometimes a lizard). This was to be kept with the child until about age six when more independence from mother was appropriate. Then the fetish was given back to the mother to keep the bond between mother and child safe. The idea is to create a form of protection in the shape of the turtle around this last link to maternal safety. The turtle is often a symbol of safety, protection, longevity, and feminine reproductive powers. Turtle symbols are used to evoke images of water, safety, and support.
“In this piece the window panel frames a pattern of squares that imitates turtle shell patterns. This panel folds down to reveal the turtle shell pattern as the center of a larger four-directions cosmology symbol. On the corners are two abstract damselflies (or dragonflies) in keeping with the water theme. It may seem random, but while thinking of this piece I was reminded of a lullaby in Lakota I heard where the baby is called little baby bug, little dragonfly. So I wanted to add the damselflies cruising the water line.”
Hand dyed wool, horse hair, metal findings, Czech glass trim beads, Czech tri-cut beads, silk, Japanese seed beads, Czech seed beads, interfacing, aeronautical plywood, Nymo brand nylon thread, jeweler’s magnet.
12″ wide x 11 1/2″ high when fully extended, from top of hanger to bottom
This striking lazy stitched beaded bag is double-matted and framed. Tanned elk skin, # 13 charlotte cut beads.
Bag is 3 3/4″ h x 3″ w; 7″ h with fringe; outside dimensions of frame are 15″ x 18″.