Raven Crow Medicine

Lakota Kangi Pejuta Medicine Bag

Lakota Kangi Pejuta Medicine Bag. Kangi Pejuta means Medicine Crow.

RAVEN/CROW –  Raven and Crow are very similar in their strengths: both carry great responsibility to Spirit and are the messengers of magic and healing from the universe where all knowledge waits for us.

Raven Crow Feather Necklace by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk

NP574-feather-raven-whitehawk-2 Raven Crow Feather Necklace by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk

They also symbolize changes in consciousness, levels of awareness and perception.

Zuni Raven Fetishes

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Shamans, Spiritualists and Healers using Raven/Crow Medicine are able to use their gifts with deeper clarity, understanding and insight, developing greater power and skill in their abilities and their means to help one move forward in life.

Kangi Pejuta Smudge Kit

Kangi Pejuta Smudge Kit

Raven Crow Medicine Smudge Feather

Raven Crow Spirit Smudge fan by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk

Raven Crow Spirit Smudge fan by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk

Raven Crow Medicine Pouch

Raven Crow Medicine Pouch with hand carved and painted buffalo bone raven feather. Cynthia Whitehawk

 

Zuni Buffalo Fetish Carving
Raven – Crow – A symbol of Magic, Mystery, and a Shift in Consciousness
(from our conversations with Lakota and Apache healers)
Paula

Old Praying Feather – Can you help?

Hi Paula, I have in my possession a very old praying feather but cannot determine the origin or tribe in which it came, can I send you some pics about it and maybe you can help me with this. I was thinking maybe Hopi or Navajo but need to be sure.
This is very important to us because we want to bring it back to the tribe and it’s people where it belongs. We found it doing a trash out of a foreclosed property and it should be right to give it back.
Thanks. Tom
129 130 137 138 139 140Hi Tom,
I’ve seen fans like this made by Apache and Navajo.
Here is a similar style of Apache fan
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Here is one made by a Navajo
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It is possible it could also be a Plains tribe.
Perhaps one of the readers of this blog recognizes your fan.
Paula

Native American Smudging – The Sacred Bowl Blessing

The Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing – Smudging

Native American Smudge Feather Fans

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The “Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing” is a powerful Native American cleansing technique. It is a ritual to remove negativity. Smoke attaches itself to the negative energy and removes it to another space.

Cleansing is the word traditionally used, but you can think of it as a shift in energy from any bits of negativity to a more positive, peaceful state.

Smudging can be used to cleanse an object, a place, or your spirit, mind or body. Native Americans often use smudging in association with other ceremonies.

Contemporary uses includes purifying a new vehicle, your work area or a room or dwelling before moving in; purifying a sacred object such as stone, book or fetish; or for self-cleansing before meditation, prayer or sleep.

Certain plants are used for smudging. Smudging is done in a particular way. The herbs are burned in a small bowl or a shell, such as an abalone shell. The shell represents Water, a gift from the ocean. The smoke is distributed with a feather, a gift from our winged friends.

Herbs
Sage
For driving out negativity and for healing, White Sage is    preferred.

Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass is used for blessing after sage has been used.
It is an important part of Sioux and Cherokee ceremonies.     Sweetgrass is braided like hair.

Smudge Kit

A smudge kit contains herbs, a “bowl” or shell, and a feather to direct the smoke. The entire kit can be carried in a medicine bag.

Each part of the smudge kit and the smudging process signifies one of the four elements, that, when used, evokes the fifth element, life energy.

Native American Smudge Kit

Native American Smudge Kit

– The shell represents WATER
– The unlit herbs and ashes represents the EARTH
– The lit herb represents the FIRE
– The smoke represents the AIR

Smudging

Before you begin, be sure the area is well ventilated because the smoke, carrying the negative energy, must have an escape route.

Take normal precautions to prevent an unwanted fire, such as placing your smudge pot or shell on a non-combustible surface.

Gather your smudge kit and a means to light the herbs. Long wooden matches are the best because a candle can add dripping wax to the process and a lighter, is well, kind of out of character.

Light the herb and when a flame appears, put the herb out so it will smolder and smoke. Before you smudge another person, an object or a place, you should smudge yourself. You can do this by bringing the smoke to you and rolling it in swirls over your head, shoulders and around your body. Send the smoke away with the feather.

Native American Smudge Feather Fan

Native American Smudge Feather Fan

When smudging a place, such as a room or car, pay homage to the cardinal directions which include the east, west, north, south, up and down.

When you are finished smudging, extinguish sweetgrass by damping the braid against the shell. For sage, you can crush it against the bowl or shell or in a bowl of sand.

For more information

Sacred Smoke The Ancient Art of Smudging for Modern Times

Sacred Smoke The Ancient Art of Smudging for Modern Times

Native American Symbol – Feather

Feather as a native american symbol

Native American Symbol – The Feather

Feathers are an important part of Native American symbolism. They are used in many ways:

  • Costumes
  • Hair Ties
  • Headdresses
  • Door Blessings
  • Kachinas
  • Medicine Bags
  • Silver Jewelry
  • Shields
  • Dreamcatchers
  • Smudge Fans
Lakota Feather Hair Tie

Lakota Feather Hair Tie

Because it is illegal to use feathers from certain birds (more on this in another post), Native American artists use white feathers, usually turkey, and hand paint them to look like eagle or hawk or owl feathers. Eagle feathers are a symbol of honor.

This is a hand painted turkey feather in the style of an eagle feather; soft, tan deerskin laces; glass crow bead, solid brass beads and trade cloth; great for hair tie, horse decoration, auto mirror, ceremonial or craft work. Feather is 11 inches long from tip to wrap attachment.

Oglala Lakota Macaw Feather Hair Ties

Oglala Lakota Macaw Feather Hair Ties

Moonwalker, a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, makes smudge fans and carves a feather in the fringe of her medicine bags. From Moonwalker:

Prayer Feathers

Native Americans believed prayers and messages were carried to the Great Spirit on the wings of eagles and other fine birds.

Prayer feathers, either single or bundled are used by an individual to offer a prayer to the Great Spirit. The feathers carry your words, thoughts and feelings to the Great Spirit. Each time you look at your prayer feather, your prayers are again sent in your behalf to the Great Spirit in the Heavens.

Prayer feathers may be used for smudging or cleansing with smoke. The smoke is fanned in the 6 directions East, West, North, South, Earth and Sky cleansing an object, person or thought to the Great Spirit. Sage, cedar, sweet grass, even incense can be used for smudging.

Some personal rituals include singing while praying. It is believed singing is one way to speak with the grandfathers as well as the Great Spirit.

WIPACI (Thank you) Moonwalker

Moonwalker Prayer Whisper Medicine Bag

Moonwalker Prayer Whisper Medicine Bag

Native American Smudge Kit

Native American Smudge Kit

A smudge kit usually contains:

  • Feather
  • White Sage and/or Cedar
  • Sweet Grass in a braided stick
  • Bowl, often an Abalone Shell
  • Medicine Bag or Box to contain the kit.
Oglala Lakota Smudge Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Box and Fan

Oglala Lakota Smudge Box and Fan

Door Blessing

The Door Blessing has several symbols, one of which is the feathers:

  • The Medicine Stick brings positive energy.
  • The red, yellow, white and black ribbons represent the Four Directions from which all strength comes.
  • The feather represents Freedom.
  • Thoughts, Prayers, and Choices are represented by the bead circle which shows us that our thoughts return to us again and again.
  • Turquoise protects us and keeps us Positive in thought.
  • The rabbit fur is to help us keep a warm heart.
  • The fur reminds us that Mother Earth is the Giver of Life and we should walk softly.
  • The Sage Medicine Stick exists that we might all live in Love and Oneness.

Door Blessings are ideal for hanging on the door of your home, your room, your office, your tack room, anywhere you want positive light and good fortune.

Native American Door Blessing

Native American Door Blessing

Apache Sunface Kachina Shield

Apache Sunface Kachina Shield

Apache Eagle Spirit Dreamcatcher

Apache Eagle Spirit Dreamcatcher

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise and Coral Pendant by Lester Craig

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise and Coral Pendant by Lester Craig

Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Dreamcatcher Earrings

Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Dreamcatcher Earrings

Navajo Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Feather Bracelet

Navajo Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Feather Bracelet

Hand carved and painted bone feather earrings

Hand carved and painted bone feather earrings

Hand carved and painted Navajo Kachinas with feather headresses

Hand carved and painted Navajo Kachinas with feather headresses

Cynthia Whitehawk Apache Eagle Spirit Medicine Bag

Cynthia Whitehawk Apache Eagle Spirit Medicine Bag