This necklace was inspired by one of my UCLA Native American Studies professors, who taught me some of the traditional Bird Songs sung by the desert Cahuilla people of southern California. I remember an inspiring morning song that was sung at dawn to the four directions, blessing each day. The clay pendant here, purchased in the Sedona, AZ area, clearly indicates the four directions and the rays of the sun. Curated by me for over 25 years are animal jaw & bone/fragments, as well as CA abalone, turquoise blue agate, African recycled glass beads, obsidian beads, sacred textile wrapped beads, and a copper Repoussé heart (also from Sedona). Length 30” including pendant.
The Mojave elders know that “…a skill for hunting, making pottery, or singing are dreamed into being. Bird Songs. If you know the words you can sing them. When you get up from dreaming you will know how to sing these songs.” ~Philip M. Klaskyis, the Storyscape Project.