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Red Squirrel Necklace

Red Squirrel Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Apple coral squirrel by Clayton and Abby Quam Panteah
*Sponge coral
*Thai silver and sterling beads, sterling findings
*Seed beads
*Love beads
*Signed, dated

Length:  20" - 27" (51cm - 69cm)
Squirrel:  2" wide (5 cm)
Drop:  3.5" (9m)
Weight:  6 oz (171 gm)

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This perky squirrel, an unusual subject for a fetish carving, captures the essence of these remarkable creatures. This little beauty has a traditional turquoise heart line on its left side. The Medicine Cards give squirrel the attribute of gathering because it plans ahead for the winter, gathering and storing provisions. Those with bird feeders will have observed the gathering behavior and most likely despaired of thwarting it. In my rural area the phone lines often deteriorate or fail. The telephone repair people have often blamed the trouble on squirrels for having chewed holes in handy phone company equipment and stored their provisions inside. It's strange to note that right after the fire the squirrel population exploded. Some of my neighbors became quite frantic, trying various things to "solve the problem." I guess they had concerns that people could be injured by falling into squirrel holes and their property damaged by the burrowing. I wouldn't consider using poisons or taking potshots at the poor animals myself. Poisoning rodents poisons the animals which prey on them including raptors, owls, fox, bobcats, coyotes, snakes, even house cats. And if I killed all the rodents, what would these fine predators have to eat around here? I would much rather let Mother Nature balance things out, and it seems she has. Now three years later there are fewer squirrels evidence, so I assume the predator population has rebounded.

The red squirrel is found in the woods, the gray is more urbanized. Both types are voluble front line intrusion detection monitors. Squirrels are very communicative in general with their expressive tails adding drama to their discussions. Recent research shows they have another trick up their sleeves as well. "They are the first animals which have been found to broadcast an infrared signal," Science News (6/26/2004) reported, "and the message seems to be 'Nyah, nyah.' When adult California ground squirrels discover a lurking rattlesnake, they often harass it... They dash into its striking range, kick sand at the snake, nip at its tail, and whip their own tails back and forth in a display called flagging... Infrared videos show that ground squirrels' tails, which are generally cooler than the bodies, heat up during a bout of rattlesnake baiting. In contrast, the ground squirrel tails didn't warm appreciably during similar taunting of a gopher snake which doesn't have infrared sensors... The ground squirrels have evolved blood proteins that partially neutralize rattlesnake venom, so an adult usually doesn't die from a bite. And although a snake strikes fast, a ground squirrel can move even faster." It makes sense for an adult ground squirrel to harass a rattler, squirrel pups can account for almost 70% of a rattler's diet. The discovery of their sophisticated baiting technique is quite astonishing!

The color red is associated with the planet Mars, Scorpio and Aries. Some say sponge coral is good for the circulatory system, muscles, blood, heart, tissue, reproductive organs etc. Red is also the color associated with vitality and the base chakra. Turquoise is the color of the fifth (throat) chakra associated with communication and self expression.

LOVE BEADS: This piece includes "love beads," beads given to me after the fire by friends and strangers. The necklace carries the energy of their loving concern.

One-of-a-kind, subject to prior sale

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