Title: Gagwedwewin / Bawaagan (The Invocation / Spirit Helper)
Type: Woodland-style domed graphic overlay belt buckle; Dine' (Navajo)- style shadow box setting
Materials: massive sterling silver, turquoise, red coral
Sizes: approx. 3.3" x 2.4" (84 x 61 mm)
Price: 2,016 USD* / 2,180 CAD* / 1,800 EUR**
Item number: JEWELRY-6-1
*Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded.
**Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.
N.B. Prices are indicative and depend on ring sizes, the current gold and diamond prices, and the actual currency rates. Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.
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An invocation of the spirit of Ma'iingan
The design of this sterling silver belt buckle, with its flowing outlines and explicit narrative character, originates from the deep appreciation jewelry designer Zhaawano feels for his Anishinaabe heritage - a once hidden treasure that Miskwaabik Animikii (Norval Morrisseau) made him aware of in various different ways and levels of consciousness.
The graphic overlay design, in which human and animal realms mystically merge, features black-outlined imagery inspired by the sacred texts of Anishinaabe/Algonquian traditional stories.
The buckle design, which is reminiscent of the graphic tradition of the New Woodland School of Art, symbolizes an invocation of the Spirit of Ma'iingan (Wolf). It's an appeal for guidance and skills and strength to make the right decisions.
The buckle depicts the story of Waabi-ma'iingan, an Anishinaabe hunter. He belongs to the wolf doodem, and you can see him with outstretched arms, praying to his bawaagan or personal "guardian spirit" asking him for strength and spiritual guidance; he even becomes one with it...
(The wolf, I honor him.)
- A personal petition for the wolf's good medicine
An Anishinaabe teaching about Wolf
Ningwis (my son), wolves were referred to as the guardian of our spirits.
Wolves are free spirits even though their packs are very organized.
A lone wolf is rarely found in the wild. Wolves are social creatures like you and I. Just as you watch over your sister so does a wolf watch his brother.
Just as you listen to your father, so does a wolf to his mother. Just as our family eats together, so to does the wolf family.
Ningwis, our People and the wolves are the same.
Long ago, wolves were as numerous as the stars. Many of them once watched over us. Now there are but a scattered few.
They were strong hunters and survived with what the earth would give them.
Although they would travel, they would never be far from home.
Each of them knew their place in the pack and always did their share. Without working together not only would they die but the entire pack would as well.
Our People are like the wolf ningwis, we need community, we need to work together and we need to do our share. Not only will you benefit but so will your People."