29 December 2011

Christmas gifts part 2


Gorgeous handmade pottery vases from



 
Long ago, near the beginning of the world, Gray Eagle was the
guardian of the Sun, Moon and Stars, of fresh water, and of fire.
Gray Eagle hated people so much that he kept these things hidden.
People lived in darkness, without fire and without fresh water.
 

Gray Eagle had a beautiful daughter, and Raven fell in love with her.
In the beginning, Raven was a snow-white bird, and as a such,
he pleased Gray Eagle's daughter. She invited him to her father's longhouse.

When Raven saw the Sun, Moon and stars, and fresh water
hanging on the sides of Eagle's lodge, he knew what he should do.
He watched for his chance to seize them when no one was looking.
He stole all of them, and a brand of fire also, and flew out of the
longhouse through the smoke hole. As soon as Raven got outside
he hung the Sun up in the sky. It made so much light that he was
able to fly far out to an island in the middle of the ocean. When the Sun set,
he fastened the Moon up in the sky and hung the stars around in different places.
By this new light he kept on flying, carrying with him the fresh water
and the brand of fire he had stolen.

He flew back over the land. When he had reached the right place,
he dropped all the water he had stolen. It fell to the ground and
there became the source of all the fresh-water streams and lakes
 in the world. Then Raven flew on, holding the brand of fire in his bill.
The smoke from the fire blew back over his white feathers and
made them black. When his bill began to burn, he had to drop t
he firebrand. It struck rocks and hid itself within them. That is why,
if you strike two stones together, sparks of fire will drop out.

Raven's feathers never became white again after they
were blackened by the smoke from the firebrand.
That is why Raven is now a black bird.


A beautiful Laguna Agate is set in Sterling silver
and embellished it with wings of filigree.
The sun is a 3 mm flush set golden citrine.
It's finished by a 16 in chain and a handmade clasp
and a 2 inch extender chain. The pendant is approximately 5 1/2 in
(including the tail feathers) long and 2 inches wide.
The tail feathers are made with beads of carnelian, amber and smokey quartz.
The necklace can also be worn as a brooch and the chain can be removed.


Raven necklace from Tess at


 

2 comments:

  1. Gunilla, A Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a wonderful time ahead.

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  2. Thank you Inge! I wish you and yours a wonderful Happy New Year!

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