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4 Directions Sweetgrass Basket w/porcupine quill


A 5.5" diameter round FOUR DIRECTIONS porcupine quill, birch bark/coiled sweetgrass basket by Paul St John, Mohawk. For the Wabanaki and Iroquois Confederacies of the NE as well as the Lakota - the colors of the 4 directions are red, black, yellow and white. These are also the 4 colors of man/humanity

The 4 directions are spiritual - The Directions can represent: Stages of life: birth, youth, adult (or elder), death. Seasons of the year: spring, summer, winter, fall. Aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical. Elements of nature: fire (or sun), air, water, and earth.

This larger round basket has birch bark at center of lid and used as the bottom - then coiled tidal sweetgrass. It is 5.5" in diameter and 2.5" high. The birch bark medallion at center top is 4" in diameter. The birch bark has at its outer edge a border of natural porcupine quill - these quills have their darker tips left on - giving this basket border a striped effect.

For more information about Mohawk craftsman/artist, Paul St John and his many talents and creations- check the "Bio" section of this website

4 Directions sweetgrass basket
4 Directions sweetgrass basket  top
4 Directions sweetgrass basket  side
4 Directions sweetgrass basket  bottom & lid
Weight: 12 oz