Grandmother of the sun-Crone Rattle
These crone mothers were carved by friend and master carver Denis Gobeil and completed by me.
Inside I have added painted corn, dried Rowan berries, Hawthorn berries, small crystal chips.
The handle is a naturally shed deer antler and she has a bone shield with a sun symbol on the front. Her hair is curly goat.
In many inuit as well as Finnish sotories and traditions, the sun represents the female ands the moon male, which is the opposite of many of the local stories we know here in North America. These stories tell beautiful tales of the relationship between the sun and the moon, and the grandmother sun brings life and light to the land after the harsh winters.
She represents fertility and new life.
This grandmother rattle is a nod to those stories and ways that are lesser known to us.