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Harbingers of Change Totem Stick


Cardinal and woodpecker partner with the Shaman in this totem stick.

Available on backorder


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Harbingers of Change

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?

  • Broken Arrow – A broken arrow indicates friendship.
  • Cardinal – The cardinal is often thought to be the spirit of a lost loved one, possibly bringing a message.
  • 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.
  • Woodpecker – Called “Biskinik” in Choctaw, the yellow bellied sapsucker woodpecker is known as the news bird. In fact, the Choctaw newspaper is named The Biskinik.

Back Orders:

  • If a totem stick is sold out but states “available on back order”, that means you can place an order but it will have to be created. Keep in mind no two are exactly the same EVER but I will assume you want the same totem animals unless you tell me otherwise in the notes. If you want to order a custom totem stick, please click here. Please allow 4-6 weeks for custom orders.

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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