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Amaganugogv Walosi Alasgida II-Spring Frog Dance in Cherokee

In January 2010 I was invited to join a thread in which Native American and Native American inspired art is promoted.A member of our thread is a Tsalagi(Cherokee) Elder called KickingBear.In April,2010, he presented a challenge for all of the artist's to create something to help remember the Spring Frog Dance.This was a dance performed every year to celebrate the return of the walosi(frog) which was a sure sign of Spring.It was a very happy dance and there was lots of celebrating.Unfortunately,this dance is one of many traditions being forgotten.I have made a vow to create a new piece every Spring to honor the Amaganugogv Walosi Alasgida and do what I can to keep it from being forgotten.Too much has already been lost.

This is an uncut gourd measuring 10 ½” tall and 16 ½” around.I utilized the technique of pyrography to engrave the frog into the shell of the gourd.Ink dyes and acrylics were used to color.I inlaid malachite cabochons for the eyes and added deer lace,deer suede,and turkey feathers as adornments.Seed beads were also added to represent the Cherokee four directions.Blue-North,Red-East,White-South,Black-West.I used protective wax as a finish.

This piece was created the Old Way,cleansed in Sage and Cedar.

Here is the piece I created in 2010

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Gourd Art-Spring Frog Dance II


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: gourd, deer lace, deer suede, turkey feathers, seed beads, malachite cabachons
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