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Indigenous Hearts

At long last, it feels as though real spring is here: blue skies, green earth, golden light, warm winds. We are blessed to live close to the land year-round; the earth’s rhythms are the song of our own days. But now, at this point in this season, these days are lived in a uniquely indigenous way.

This is the planting season: a time to till the soil, plant the seeds, cultivate the earth; a time to ground our hands and minds as thoroughly as our feet, as we work the rich soil by hand and let it sift through our fingertips.

It is a time when our own hearts connect, in a very tangible way, with the heart of the earth.

Most of the trees are now green, save a few dilatory aspens not yet ready to emerge from the protective skeletons of a winter just past. The fruit trees are full of blossoms, a profusion of cottony flowers studding each branch. Bushes and patches of wild fruits and flowers have opened, blinking, to the sun, some already ornamented with bright red blooms like tiny flames.

In other words, it’s a perfect time for today’s featured work, a pair of earrings in the crimson shades of those same late-spring blossoms. From their description in the Earrings Gallery here on the site:

Indigenous Hearts Earrings

In our way, our love for all that is springs straight from our indigenous hearts. Wings honors the unique qualities of our hearts, both literal and metaphorical, with a pair of stunning earrings in the colors of our people: each drop as bold and brave as a warrior’s heart, as red as our collective spirit. They begin with a pair of truly spectacular cabochons of apple coral, the dust of endangered coral beads out to the flame to emerge in a mesmerizing whirl of crimson and amber, copper and bronze. Each stone is set into a scalloped sterling silver bezel atop a backing that extends, at the upper end, into a stylized heart cut freehand to serve as the bail for each pendant. The settings are edged in delicate twisted silver, and via the tiny heart-shaped bails, hang from sterling silver wires. Each earring hangs a full 1.5″ long (excluding wires) by 1-7/16″ across; each cabochon is 1/38″ long by 1.25″ across (dimensions approximate).

Sterling silver; apple coral
$675 + shipping, handling, and insurance

They say red is the color of the heart. It’s long been the color of our peoples, too, now less a reference to skin than an acknowledgment of blood, of life force and ancestral spirit. Very soon, we will see these colors, now aflame upon the earth, likewise awash across the sky — our season of spectacular sunsets is just around the corner. It may even arrive early this year, thanks to premature patterns of monsoonal clouds.

They will all connect . . . and connect us to them, as well. We are indigenous hearts, alive at the heart of an indigenous earth.

~ Aji









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