Word of the Day: Calumet

September 16, 2010

I love this particular piece by master Navajo artisan Tim Yazzie for its exceptional symbolism.  It combines two very powerful prayer-related ideas into one exquisite pipe.  Firstly, the pipe itself is a symbol – pipes were smoked for a variety of reasons – yes, including peace, although it certainly wasn’t the sole reason.  The drifting smoke was representative of the prayers that were being lifted to the Creator.  Secondly, the pipe is adorned with hand-crafted, sterling silver feathers of remarkable delicacy.  The Navajo tribe considers feathers to be symbolic of the Creative Force as well as prayer.   Feathers are used in prayer sticks (known as Pahos), and as decorations on a variety of items, particularly when arranged in a circular pattern (representative of the sun).  Tribal chiefs also adorned their headdresses with feathers to indicate their communication with the Creator.

A beautiful and spiritual pipe, both inside and out – it is hand-crafted from sterling silver inlaid with sleeping beauty turquoise and decorated with(as I mentioned) four dangling sterling silver feathers.  Check it out on our eBay store – definitely worth a look.

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The Wingz are Flying Again!

September 3, 2010

That’s right – Wingz of Power company owner and connoisseur of Native American art Lisa Soens is once again on the road, bringing exquisite pieces from the Navajo, Zuni, and Santo Domingo tribes to you hometown!

She will be in the Kane Country Market in St. Charles, Illinois on both Saturday and Sunday (September 3-4).  Lisa’s hours on Saturday will be from 10 am-5 pm, and on Sunday from 7 am-4 pm.  If you have any questions, she can be reached at psblaao@earthlink.net or by telephone at (202) 256-7476.

Come and view our lovely, authentic Native American pieces, from the most delicate earrings to smudge feather praying wands, and everything in between.  And happy Labor Day!