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Mini sculpture necklace: Weaving Woman on one side and Thunderbird & Whale on the other.
Size: round 1 1/2 inch (38mm) diameter x 1/4 inch thick
Weight: 1.4 ounces
Material: 100% Canadian copper
Lanyard: 25" black genuine leather cord

Each mini sculpture comes with a gift bag/pouch and a laminated product description.


Living traditions
With Helpers: Raven Frog Woman, Bear, Wolf, Eagle, Otter and others.
Washington State Artist/Designer: Joseph Paul Illg

Proudly offers these inspired selections after 19th c. Coast Salish Spindle Whorl Art.
These Monuments in Miniature convey the experience of museum quality art. While nourishing and preserving mankind’s great art legacies, they contribute all the possibilities of myth and legend.

Sel Sel Tel Whorls, originally carved from wood, were joined with spindle shaft. Fiber Artists prepared and collected mountain goat wool and using Spindle System, developed yarn for loom work.

The Spindle Whorl Carvings mesmerize, while Spirit Helpers who dwell within confer ancient teachings. Motifs may convey historical events; while on another level bring the joy of lively and fantastically artful zoomorphic creations whose meaning is rooted in antiquity.

The spindle whorl was used by Coast Salish women to spin their wool into yarn. Using a spindle fitted with a large wooden whorl, Salish women spun the wool of mountain goats as well as specially bred dogs known for their woolly undercoat.

Weaving Woman and Bird Family Whorl (or Raven Frog)

Weaving Women is a classic example of Pacific Northwest spindle whorl art. This sculpture exhibits wonderful visual organization and planning.

A pair of very stately birds is seen embracing the mysterious human figure. They are thought to depict mythological beings, the protective leadership of the Eagle, spiritual power of the Thunderbird or the supernatural power of the Raven.

Two mask like figures are seen born upon the bird wing joints – they may be dream inspired spirit helpers. An embryonic frog like creature is featured, recalling lunar cycles, healing and continuity.

The human figure’s hands converge at the center hole where the spindle shaft would meet the whorl. It is here that Salish shamans believe that spirit powers enter and leave the body as the wool is spun into yarn.

Thunderbird and Whale Whorl

The Thunderbird is a mythical creature and a high ranking prestige crest. Only the most powerful and prestigious Chiefs have the Thunderbird as a crest. According to folklore, the great bird possesses supernatural power and is credited with creating the storms. When the creature blinked, lighting game out of its eyes and when it flapped its wings, thunder roared.

Frequently depicted in Native art, the Thunderbird is often shown clutching the Killer Whale in its talons, wings outspread. This representation of the Thunderbird bears a striking resemblance to the Eagle, differing only by curly horns upon its head.

Many legends are associated with the Thunderbird. One prominent Coast Salish legend tells of the Salish people’s great dependence on the Salmon. One day, the Killer Whale swam into the bay and the Salmon were frightened away. Soon the people began to starve and called to the Thunderbird for help. The Thunderbird swooped down, seized the Killer Whale and carried him out to sea. The Salmon returned and the people were no longer hungry.

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1.5" 100% Solid Canadian Copper Pacific Northwest Spindle Whorl Art Mini Sculpture Necklace

$90.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Leather, Solid Canadian Copper
  • Ships worldwide from Washington, United States
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