The Spirit Sings


Manidoo Nagamo (The Spirit Sings)

Type: Ojibwe pictographic outline-style pendant constructed with the aid of the overlay technique
Materials14K warm yellow gold with a sterling silver backing; inlay of 14K red gold
Sizes0.1 x 0.08 in (25 x 20 mm) pendant
Price: 1,585.00 CAD* / 1,182.00 USD*/ 1.200,00 EUR ** (including the pendant connector; gold snake necklace not included)       
Item number: JEWELRY-1-5

*Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded.
**Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included.

Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.

*Please mention the title or item # of the pendant

"It is said that in the beginning the spirits spoke in song. That is why we Anishinaabeg sing songs today. To honor the voices of the past, we sing to remember that creation began in song. A rumble across the universe, we call the spirit world."

Source: Ogamawab blog.

Place where the spirits of the rock and the water sing in unison

Image of an Ojibwe Manidoo pictograph

As a jeweler working in the   (primarily Native Canadian) Art   discipline generally called Native Woodland School of Art, Zhaawano draws on the oral and pictorial traditions of his Ojibwe Anishinaabe ancestors from Gichigamiin, the American Great Lakes area.

In order to be able to render these traditions into his jewelry creations, Zhaawano developed a distinct style and technique, which is a combination of the overlay method of the Hopi silversmiths and the graphic, hieroglyphic line drawings produced by his distant ancestors as well as by many contemporary Woodland painter artists.

The ancient MAZINAAJIMOWIN or 'pictorial spirit writings', rich with Anishinaabe symbolism and painted throughout history on rocks and etched on other sacred items such as birch bark, copper, slate, and animal hide, were a form of spiritual as well as educational communication that gave Zhaawano's ancestors structure and meaning in their lives and in their outlook on life.

Many of these sacred pictographs or petroforms – some of which are perhaps two millennia or at least many, many generations old - are still there, hiding in locations where the manidoog (spirits) reside, particularly in those mystic places near the coastline where the sky, the earth, the water, the underground, and the underwater meet.


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