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“Haute Hood and Purse” by Leah Shenandoah

Oneida Iroquois Wolf Clan


L 18.5” W14” x H 18.5”

Date Created:  01/2008

(Sterling Silver, labradorite, pearls, rabbit fur, 

pheasant feathers, satin, brass, necklace wire)

“When designing my art I ask the Universe to help guide my hands and mind. I also consider the metaphysical and healing properties of each material I use. I created the piece to be worn as a hood and breastplate: a form of protection for the sacred spaces of the head and heart. The Sterling Silver beads are etched with Japanese Edo period designs, which are very similar to Aboriginal designs from around the world. By blending designs from different cultures, I am honoring our humanness - we are all connected. I believe that to achieve peace in a world filled with suffering, we need to turn to our ancestral teachings in order to create a unification between our cultures.”

 ©Leah Shenandoah 2015