Buffalo teeth, wild Turkey feathers, an Elk hide, photos of ancient traditions and a ceremonial drum. I am excited to begin creating some beautiful pieces inspired by our journey. The land of North Carolina is some of the oldest in our country and there are many signs of the life lived by the Natives many many moons ago still evident there today. This drum, handmade by a Cherokee tribesman, has a wonderful deep sound, a beautiful resonance that I can literally feel in my heart. Nearly tear jerking. Just after taking these pictures I stood on the rivers edge and beat my new drum connecting me to the Appalachian Mountains above and the Ocunaluftee River below. That land is sacred.
Not pictured // I also picked up some leather lacing, artificial sinew and an assortment of bone feathers from a lovely local store on the banks of the river called Medicine Man Crafts.
Among my many treasures I have also brought home the priceless souvenir of inspiration and a refreshed spirit that only travel, new experiences and adventure can offer. Those crystal clear rushing mountain rivers have a special affect on me.