Nee-Hee (White Owl)

Type of art: Jewelry



Pendant necklace with engraving inspired by ancient Caddo Pottery Bailey Engraved design as shown on p.4, E. of "Handbook of Texas Archeology: Type Descriptions". Silver findings on 2mm brown leather cord 17 1/4" long through horizontal hole in stone. Rough alabaster stone was hand cut, shaped, sanded & polished with hand saws, rasps, files & sandpapers into a teardrop shape. Hand engraving done with non-electric steel-tipped rod. This pendant had to be completely re-sanded, polished & engraved after being damaged in the 2019 tornado at Caddo Mounds in Texas.

Materials: Oklahoma white alabaster stone

Technique: Hand cut, shaped, sanded, polished & engraved (no electric tools)

Size: 1 11/16" H x 1 1/8" W x 3/8" D

Price: $175
A Wayne "Tay Sha" Earles
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 hear "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 in 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'm 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 with intricate pottery, shell & stone artifact designs.
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