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To Stand For the Waters

We have more snow today — the tiniest, briefest of flurries here, but visibly white caps now dusting the peaks. Much of our world remains green, but the gold is contending with it for primacy, and the brown of bare ground has begun to spread across the earth’s surface here.

After a year and more of record drought, even the smallest amounts of precipitation are welcome, especially in a place such as this, one whose people have always known, long before it became a fashionable catchphrase, that water is life. Here, such a statement becomes very nearly reductive, almost dismissive in its oversimplifying sloganeering. Peoples born of the desert springs know that the earth’s body lives and breathes by virtue of a complex system of veins and arteries in the form of rivers and streams, of organs in the shape of ponds and lakes, pools and lagoons. In this place, water is life and blood, breath and medicine.

Today, Wings releases his newest work, one that pays tribute to the rivers that flow regardless of season, that empty into watersheds of healing and sustenance. It’s a pair of earrings with matched bits of Skystone in its boulder form as the focal point, each a ribbon and river of medicine. From their description in the Earrings Gallery here on the site:

Water is life and it flows in a medicine river, creating pools of abundance, prosperity, and harmony. Wings honors the water and its many gifts with these earrings, each flowing with a green ribbon of water emptying into three pools of rich jade. These bold drops are formed around a matched pair of ribbon turquoise cabochons, each a freeform oval of host rock, earthy brown and beautifully matrixed. Down the middle flows a river of bright green turquoise, glowing with near-opalescence and limned with shades of gold and bronze. Each large cabochon is set into a scalloped bezel and trimmed with simple twisted silver. At the bottom of each drop sit a trio of lagoon-like drops, pools of jade set into tiny scalloped bezels, part of the larger setting cut freehand. Suspended from sterling silver wires, the earrings hang 1-3/8″ long overall by 13/16″ across at the widest point; ribbon turquoise cabochons are 1″ long by 5/8″ across; jade cabochons are 3/8″ across (dimensions approximate).

Sterling silver; high-grade green ribbon turquoise; jade
$725 + shipping, handling, and insurance

Protecting the waters is a way of life here, a daily task for a millennium and more. The great river to the west feeds and heals the broader land, but the smaller one from the mountains is the one that gives life to the village. The people have defended the waters from invasion and colonization, from mining contamination, from the up-close pollution of hunting slaughter and the slightly more distant damage of fuel extraction. The waters here are of the people, and the people are of them, bound together as elementally as with Mother Earth herself.

It is an obligation now extended to the rest of our peoples, all across this land — to protect against black snakes and the violence of extractive processes. In this autumn season of the year, it feels as though it is fall in the Earth’s very existence. She is running out of time, and so are we. This is now our task: to stand for the waters, from the medicine rivers to the healing lakes, and to defend the Earth herself.

~ Aji








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