Sky and Earth Necklace with Removable Dreamcatcher Focal Bead
My inspiration for this one of a kind, 20" long necklace was Awehai, the Iroquois Goddess of the Sky and the Earth. Awehai represents family, community and growth. Here’s one version of her legend:
Before there were people on the earth, Awehai lived with her husband in the sky. Her husband thought that she had her sights on another man, and in a jealous rage, pulled up the tree at the center of the sky. This left a giant hole, and he threw Awehai to earth. She grabbed seeds and animals as she fell, and brought them with her. As she neared the waters below, birds flew up to catch her and help her to land safely on the back of a giant turtle. They and other sea animals gathered dirt and put it on to the turtle, creating the earth. Awehai scattered her seeds and let loose the animals that she had brought. Seeing the beauty of the new world she and the animals had created, she then created the Iroquois people to take care of it.
With this piece, beads in shades of brown stand for the earth; turquoise represents the sky and green is for the giant turtle. The wolf charm is for the animals; the removable Dreamcatcher signifies the Circle of Life. Six of my Magic Carpet squares, hand-stitched with needle, thread and glass beads are placed constellation-like in the front part of the necklace, their edges embellished with star-like accent beads.
Copyright Diana Ferguson 2019.