Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite your own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

Canvas Print of "Thinking Outside the Box" by Oklahoma Cherokee Artist Bryan Waytula

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.


"Thinking Outside the Box"  2017  Acrylic / Ink

is a painting of one of nature's oldest friends. The box turtle is a very silent and slow moving friend of the Cherokee whose shell is made in to a rattle for ceremonial dances and to call on the spirits. As a young child, I always enjoyed coming across a turtle slowly moving and observing everything around them. Their colors and patterns were especially interesting to me as a young artist as I would sit and watch them for a few minutes before we both went on our way. 

Women hold an important role in the Stomp Dances of the Southeastern Indian cultures: That of the Shell Shaker. The Shell Shaker is the female counterpart of the Dance Singer. The first man leads the men and the first woman leads the other women. She wears leg rattles made from box tortoise shells on her lower legs. The woman enters the dance behind the lead singer and produces rythmic rattling sounds made by shuffling her feet. Legend has it that because of the natural designs on the tortoise shell that look like women dancing - Turtle says, "Let Women Dance."


Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.

Meet the owner of BryanWaytulaArt

Bryan Waytula

Canvas Print of "Thinking Outside the Box" by Oklahoma Cherokee Artist Bryan Waytula

Ask a question
Free shipping to United States


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: acrylic, canvas, ink
  • Favorited by: 2 people


Ready to ship in 3–5 business days
From United States

You may also like

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…