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.
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