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Defending Our Honor Totem Stick


Peacock, hummingbird, and raven are totems that represent beauty, honor, and a warrior spirit.

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Defending Our Honor

A totem pole for your wall, this ceramic collage is made of stoneware shards mounted to a poplar “stick”. The shards are covered with black slip, then carved in the sgraffito technique. Color is carefully inlaid before it is fired to 2167 degrees F. Finally the shards are mounted to a poplar “stick”, with bumpers at the bottom to protect your wall.
Click here to read more about my totem sticks and the inspiration behind them.

So what do these totems mean?

  • Dancer – The dancer design is a self-portrait of me dancing for joy, celebrating and giving thanks for my own creative journey.
  • Feather – Feathers are often associated with warriors and chiefs, but they also represent prayer. Ancient Native Americans believed that prayers were carried to the Great Spirit on the wings of an eagle.
  • Hummingbird – In some cultures, the hummingbird is considered the strongest totem – a warrior spirit.  It is also a symbol of perseverance, healing and strength.
  • Peacock – As you would expect, the peacock is a symbol of beauty, but it has so much more to offer. It teaches us that real beauty exudes integrity, confidence, honor, and humility.
  • Raven – Often called the “trickster”, the raven (or crow) is known for its magic powers. It teaches us deep introspection and clear vision in a confusing world.
  • Shaman – A Shaman speaks to the Great Spirit on behalf of the tribe, or a warrior going into battle. His visions helped guide the tribal leaders. In North American tribes it was the medicine man who called on the Great Spirit to heal his people. He was both a healer and spiritual guide for the tribe.
  • Spiral – The spiral is the most used symbol in the world. It is used by virtually every culture in some manner. For most North American tribes it symbolizes the life force, one’s personal path, or the creative spirit.

Ready to hang

Ready to hang with a D hook on the back. Perfect for that slice of wall next to a door or window but would be beautiful in a grouping as well.
  • Handcrafted by the artist, personally
  • Supplies hand picked from the best US suppliers
  • Card explaining totems included
  • Exclusively featured here – you won’t find anywhere else
39 x 6 x 1″, stoneware, slips, mounted on poplar

©Carolyn Bernard Young

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Dimensions 39 × 6 × 1 in


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