|Project by knottysticks||posted 02-25-2010 05:45 AM||3722 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This smudging bowl was made from a elk button with a diamond willow base . The carving is based on an Achomawi creation myth . See it here – http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/CreationandLongevity-Achomawi.html – Many ranchers here on the Canadian prairies have taken to raising elk . They are raised for meat but thier antler is harvested and shipped over seas. The remaining stump/knob [ 1-3 inchs high] is shed naturally, and known locally as a elk button. This knob at the base of a elk’s antler is called a cornet and normally convex, dome shaped. But this unusual elk button was concaved at it’s cornet. This makes the bowl , and two curving tines became coyote and eagle. Willow was chosen because of it’s use in local native spiritual traditions and medicine.
Bowl – Elk Antler
Wood base – Diamond Willow
Spacer – Leather
Finish – Danish Oil
Thank you for your interest.
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