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Native American fine art & jewelry: a unique project by storyteller artist Zhaawano

Jewelry artist designer sharing Anishinaabe stories under the light of the Fisher Star

Native Woodland artist Zhaawano Giizhik presents to you with a grateful heart his art project named Fisher Star Creations, a venture of unbound Love, Vision, and Creativity in the ancient and sacred tradition of the Anishinaabe and Ininewak (Cree) storytellers. The traditional, allegorical narrative of the constellation of the Fisher Star, Zhaawano's favorite tale, runs through his blood and his works of art. As a jewelry artist and storyteller at heart Zhaawano offers you an exciting variety of exclusive handcrafted jewelry and wedding and clan rings. The website was originally set up as a joint art project; a dynamic platform for showcasing written stories and poetry and, occasionally, fine art by himself and by kindred artists who draw from the same cultural and artistic source as he does. Please view your favorite menus by clicking the links in the vertical top menu bar - or, if you are using a cell/smart phone, the navigation button at the top of your screen.

The visions, dreams, and adventures of the Great Storyteller Hero Wiinabozho fill the minds of children sitting spellbound as they listen to Grandfather's stories...Read Zhaawano Giizhik's amazing story of Wiinabozho and the Storytellers' Mirror.

Giizis, Dibik-giizis miinawaa Anangoog, Native American style zirconium wedding rings

In today's spotlight:

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars: these one-of-a-kind wedding rings, which Zhaawano crafted by hand from black zirconium, with inlays of 18K yellow, white, and red gold, testify to the sleek and mysterious beauty of polished zirconium, metal of the planets.

The title and the design of this zirconium wedding ring set refer to the night sky and the Spirit Nation that dwells there, headed by Grandfather Sun, Yellow Sky Woman also called Grandmother Moon, and the star constellations.

Gold inlay is used for the moon and the sun; this is done by hammering round, respectively white and yellow gold, rivet wires into both ring shanks. The star world is symbolized by smaller rivet wire of red gold; in the men’s ring waaban-anang, the morning star, is positioned behind the sun; the ladies’ ring shows ningaabii-anang, the evening star who rises behind the moon. Click the red button to view details of the ring set.

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars ring set

The gray button/buttons at the top of the page will give you access to the menus displaying Zhaawano's unique collections of Native American-inspired wedding rings, clan rings, and storyteller jewelry. See also the slideshow to the right (above if you are using a cell/smart phone) and the beneath YouTube video for an impression of Zhaawano's collection of Seven Grandfather Teachings wedding rings. Click here, here and here to find out about the Native Woodland Medicine Painters tradition and the age-old Anishinaabe Midewiwin philosophy and worldview behind Zhaawano's work.  

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Zhaawano's Talking Pieces: contemporary storyteller jewelry and wedding rings - inspired by Native American Anishinaabe Clan & Storytelling traditions

ZhaawanArt Fisher Star Creations is proud to offer you a great variety of one-of-a-kind, highly finished Native American-inspired wedding rings, wedding jewelry, storyteller jewelry, and clan rings, all made of Eco-friendly gold, silver, platinum, and various other metals.

Throughout the years Woodland Art jeweler Zhaawano, who usually handcrafts his talking pieces from materials like 14 or 18K gold, sterling silver, platinum, palladium, zirconium, titanium, steel, and precious stones, developed a distinctly personal style, drawing on traditional Native American silver and goldsmithing techniques as well as on Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) form and symbol, yet adding his own contemporary sense of color and design. Each and every piece, designed and made by hand with a special prayer, tells a unique story; every single project that leaves his workbench shows certain personal touches of his artistry, his individual style showing through the larger traditions.

A unique collection of Storyteller rings based on ancient teachings

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The road to regaining pride in culture and self

 Digital artwork by Woodland jeweler Zhaawano Giizhik expressing pride in Ojibwe Anishinaabe culture

Native Spirit of the Fisher Star

Being a contemporary Native Woodland artist inspired by the past, Zhaawano looks to the traditional symbols of the Anishinaabe Peoples as a foundation of a great variety of jewelry designs, poetry, and written stories. By using ‘spirit memory,’’ the remembrance of ancestral knowledge, Zhaawano seeks to re-introduce through his works of art and stories (and, on occasion, through the works of of kindred artists) the ancient world view of his People and channel it into the contemporary consciousness. In other words, he uses his skills and acuteness to find artistic ways to translate the cultural expressions of yesterday into the language of today, and render them into contemporary imagery that captivates the minds, opens up the hearts, and fires the imagination of everyone who lays eyes on it.
This art project, or creative collaboration of kindred spirits, is called "Native Spirit of the Fisher Star."
Native Spirit of the Fisher Star was initiated by Zhaawano in the hope to be able to help his People make aware of, and give them a sense of pride in, their culture and the lifeways of the ancestors - and, most important of all, to help them regain a quiet and benign sense of pride in themselves and make them aware of all that they can accomplish in the here and now.
Miigwech for embarking with Fisher Star Creations on this wonderful creative and spiritual journey...
- Illustration: "The First Feather", digital art by Zhaawano
Native American wedding rings traditional Anishinaabe wedding

Learn more about the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Anishinaabe Midewiwin that provide a unique theme to my jewelry, wedding & clan rings, and written stories.

- Illustration: Pen-and-ink drawing by Zhaawano