Pendant The Spirit Sings
Hanger De Geest Zingt
Title: Manidoo Nagamo (The Spirit Sings)
Type: Ojibwe Anishinaabe pictographic outline-style pendant constructed with the aid of the overlay technique
Materials: 14K warm yellow gold with a sterling silver backing; inlay of 14K red gold
Sizes: 0.1 x 0.08 in (25 x 20 mm) pendant
Price: 1,850.00 CAD* / 1,500.00 USD*/ 1.400,00 EUR ** (including the pendant connector; gold snake necklace not included)
Item number: ZHAAWANART-GSN-1
*Prices are indicative and depend on the current gold price and the current EUR/DOLLAR exchange rates. Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates and 5.9% additional money transfer and/or credit card fees excluded
**Prices are indicative and depend on the current gold price. Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.
N.B.1: Prices exclude 5.9% additional money transfer and/or credit card fees. International bank-to-bank transfers are free of charge.
N.B.2: Persons holding a Canadian First Nations status card and living and working on their reserve are generally tax exempt.
"It is said that in the beginning the spirits spoke in song. That is why we Anishinaabeg sing songs today. To honor the voices of the past, we sing to remember that creation began in song. A rumble across the universe, we call the spirit world."
Source: Ogamawab blog.
Place where the spirits of the rock and the water sing in unison
As a jeweler working in the (primarily Native Canadian) Art discipline generally called Native Woodland School of Art, Zhaawano draws on the oral and pictorial traditions of his Ojibwe Anishinaabe ancestors from Gichigamiin, the American Great Lakes area.
In order to be able to render these traditions into his jewelry creations, Zhaawano developed a distinct style and technique, which is a combination of the overlay method of the Hopi silversmiths and the graphic, hieroglyphic line drawings produced by his distant ancestors as well as by many contemporary Woodland painter artists.
The ancient MAZINAAJIMOWINAN or 'pictorial spirit writings,' rich with Anishinaabe symbolism and painted throughout history on rocks and cliff walls and etched on other sacred items such as birch bark, copper, slate, and animal hide, were a form of spiritual as well as educational communication that gave Zhaawano's ancestors structure and meaning in their lives and in their outlook on life.
Many of these sacred pictographs or petroforms – some of which are perhaps two millennia or at least many, many generations old - are still there, hiding in locations where the manidoog (spirits) reside, particularly in those mystic places near the coastline where the sky, the earth, the water, the underground, and the underwater meet.