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Granddad and the Kids Necklace

Granddad and the Kids Fetish Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Centerpiece turquoise bear by Zuni carver Saul Yuselew
*Tiny Kingman turquoise and mother of pearl bears with inlaid eyes by Daryl Shack, Sr.
*Turquoise and mother of pearl beads
*Sterling and Thai silver beads and findings
*Seed beads
*Signed, dated

Length:  19"-25" (48 cm - 63 cm)
Drop from bottom of heart:  5" (13 cm)
Bear:  1.5" x 1.5" (4 cm x 4 cm)
Weight:  4.4 oz (125 gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #430                       SOLD

Saul Yuselew, in his nineties, is said to be the oldest carver still working in Zuni. McManis (see below) devotes a whole chapter to the Saul Yuselew family. The very evocative bear has a sweet, wise presence. The old-style seated bear is reminiscent of the much older bear in my Zuni Seated Bear Treasure Necklace.

Daryl Shack, Sr. (also represented in the McManis book) carved the precious tiny bears in the tassel, each with inlaid eyes. They are only about 1/2" long but each one is playful, full of life and has its own personality.

A long time reader will ask, "what have you given them for lunch?" Don't worry! Look closely and you'll see the blueberries!

What new thoughts can I offer about bear? We've discussed many times that Bear is the protective and healing animal of the west. You know it is given the attribute of introspection in The Medicine Cards. You know elder bear is blue. Bear is one of the oldest, most powerful and ubiquitous symbols in Native American art and adornment. I'm not the only one who makes bear jewelry! You might be interested to check out the bear jewelry in Dubin's outstanding North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment from Prehistory to the Present and in Totems to Turquoise (below). Dubin mentions that an eight-thousand-year-old effigy depicting a grizzly bear was excavated from an archaeological site right here in San Diego. Unfortunately she does not give a reference for this information or a photo. Perhaps the artifact is in the local Museum of Man, I'll have to try to find out! If someone knows I hope they will tell me!

Crossing the Atlantic, we find bear associated with art in The Druid Animal Oracle. It also represents primal power, sovereignty and intuition married with instinct. The authors say, "Art connects you with the very deepest of your ancestral roots. Here, at this level, you are in touch with the Primal Mother-- the bear goddess Artio who will defend you fiercely from all danger..." They contend that the finding of stone altars and significant caches of bear bones at Drachenloch shows that Neanderthals revered the cave bear 70,000 years ago. They quote Joseph Campbell as asserting that the Bear Cult was older than shamanism by many centuries.

I started to quote some modern dream books on the subject of bear, but they seemed trivial to me in comparison with the ancestral knowledge of the Native Americans and the Druid tradition. So I turned to Maurice Nicoll's Dream Psychology for this helpful insight: "No one must expect to live in contact with the unconscious without being constantly humiliated. The capacity for non-realization which people possess is universal. We all have it. We all see faults in other people. But how are we to see them in ourselves? By thinking over our conduct we can only progress a little way. What is most deeply rooted and confirmed in our natures is hidden from us because we are it... But in the dream we will find the shadow."

So, sink deeply into the dreamtime, and let this wise old bear protect and guide you.

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