Title: Mikinaak Miinawaa Ma'iingan (Turtle and Wolf)
Type : Overlay, domed hair barrette with slide hair pin stick, stones set in shadow box settings
Materials : sterling silver, turquoise, red coral
Sizes : approx. 2.76 x 1.97 inch, length pin stick 4.7 inch (ca. 70 x 50 mm, length pin stick 120 mm)
P rice : 912.00 USD* / 1,156.00 CAD* / 850,00 EUR** (executed in sterling silver with sterling silver stone bezels) - Prices are indicative.
Item number : JEWELRY-4-3
*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 .
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A long, long time ago, the earth was flooded. Wiisagejaak , the Crane Spirit, wasn’t too pleased with the flooded earth, so he called the muskrat to dive down to get a piece of land from the bottom of the sea. Muskrat, who was a brave animal and an expert diver, did as he was told and after he resurfaced with a tiny bit bit of soil in his paws, the Crane Spirit dried the mud obtained by the muskrat from the bottom of the flood waters. After he blew the dried soil they were suddenly on a big island the shape of a turtle . The next time the Crane Spirit blew the soil he couldn't see across or how big the island was.
*The above is a free rendering of a Nakawē Ojibwe/Anishinini/Cree story linking Wolf to the creation of the world, told by George Peequaquat of northern Saskatchewan. It was respectfully taken from the book 'Bits of Dough, Twigs of Fire' by Nick Johnson.
And again he blew it, he made a wolf. Wisagejaak told the wolf to run around to see how big the land was. Wolf was away for four nights. Wolf returned and told the Crane Spirit that this land was still too small. Wiisagejaak blew it again, the earth. Then he sent the wolf off again to run around it. This time Wolf was away for four weeks. He said the earth was still too small... So again Wiisagejaak blew the earth. Then finally after fourteen years Wolf got back. He was a very old wolf after fourteen years of running. So this is how big this land will be, that's how Turtle Island was recreated…*