"Ha-di-ku" II = Black II

Type of art: Diverse Art Forms

Bannerstone #13. Inspired by ancient Arkansas (Desha Co.) Bannerstone on p.23 of "Hero, Hawk & Open Hand." These were used as weight balance on the Atlatl (spear like weapon before the Bow & Arrow) with center hole completely through the stone. Due to their beautiful craftsmanship of varied colors of different stones, they became highly valued objects of ceremonial and spiritual importance.

Materials: Black Soapstone

Technique: Rough stone, hand cut, shaped and polished with hand saws, rasps, files and sandpaper.

Size: 1 3/8"H x 1 1/4"W x 9/16"D

Price: $145
A. Wayne "Tay Sha" Earles
(405) 721-0504
My given Caddo name Tay Sha, means "Wolf" & "Friend", for he guides you to the other side when you pass on. The Caddo called their friends/allies this, but the Spanish heard "Tejas" which evolved into the state name, Texas. As an Oklahoman & OU grad, I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I do want to be a friend to all Caddo, making them aware of our ancestor's artistic excellence and the need to continue this wonderful heritage. I began 2015 with Stonework art: cultural stonework & contemporary stone jewelry with engraving inspired by ancient Caddo/Spiro designs. My cultural art honors the ancient Caddo stone artifacts mostly from Spiro Mounds, as monolithic axes, ceremonial maces, effigies, chunkey & bannerstones. Using hand saws, rasps & files, I am amazed at what our ancestors achieved with only stone tools on harder stone than my soapstone, pipestone & alabaster. My jewelry is stone pendant necklaces engraved in intricate pottery, shell & stone artifact designs.
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