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Turquoise Badger Necklace

Turquoise Badger Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Nevada #8 turquoise badger by Eddington Hannaweeke, signed "EH"
*Sterling beads and findings
*Seed beads
*Love beads
*Signed, dated

Length:  21" - 27" (54cm - 69cm)
Badger:  2" long (5cm)
Weight:  3.7 oz (105gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

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This lively creature has inlaid coral eyes. The trader had it listed as a mountain lion, but everyone who has seen it recognizes it as a badger. Eddington's carvings are often very naturalistic like this one, capturing the posture and attitude of the creature beautifully. The Medicine Cards (references below) give the attribute aggressiveness to badger. Badger has the reputation of being quick to anger, one might say he does not suffer fools gladly. Badger is the keeper of medicine roots, many powerful medicine women carry badger medicine. Andrews softens the tone a bit, giving badger bold self-expression and reliance, keeper of stories. The white stripe from the badger's nose to the back of its head is symbolic of its openness as a keeper of light. Its powerful jaws are symbolic of the power of its self-expression. He quotes badger thus: "I would ask you to remember only this one thing. The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive..." This recalls the teaching stories in Seven Arrows, how they open over the years like a flower, revealing more and more of themselves. And is this not true of scripture? Don't you find the teaching stories in the world's great scriptures can be read at deeper and deeper levels? Is there any end to the depth of this wellspring? It is well to remember when reading the thrilling opening of the Prologue of St. John's gospel ("In the beginning was the Word...") that the Greek Logos also means "story."

As I recall, Tom Brown took exception to the assumption that badger was a uniformly angry, aggressive person. I haven't replaced my Tom Brown collection yet so cannot be sure where the story is recorded. But he took a great deal of time respectfully getting to know badger and wound up playing with him. That perspective seems better suited to this beautiful badger, red eyes or no.

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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