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Bolo - Sterling Silver "Healing Horse Series #2", by Kathy "Elk Woman" Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara)

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Price: $800.00
Item Number: KWB003
Kathy Whitman has designed a numbered series of jewelry with images of horses that she calls her "Healing Horse" series.  This bolo is from the #2 series, that features a close up of the face of a horse in sterling silver overlay.

Speaking about this series, Kathy says, "Horses are especially sacred to my people from the Northern Plains.  They have been our companions and helpers in battle and during hunting.  They have watched out for us and have carried us through hard times and enabled us to provide for ourselves.  They have listened to our hearts and given us comfort.  They have kept us safe as we travel.  They have a strong and powerful spirit.  These qualities, they still have.  They are still close to our hearts.  Today, Western culture also is beginning to see the healing qualities of the horse.  Horses are now used in therapy in many places in the United States.  Through this "Healing Horse" jewelry, my intention is to honor the sacred horse and inspire the person who wears it, to be aware of the gentle and powerful healing from the horse."

Each "Healing Horse" series includes earrings, two sizes of pin/pendants, a bolo tie (Kathy's first), and an adjustable ring, and will be limited to 25 editions of each piece, that are duly numbered.

A self-taught painter and sculptor, Kathy was given the name "Elk Woman" at a Sun Dance Ceremony in South Dakota in 1977.  The elk, an animal with great endurance and grace, is associated with love, and Kathy says that, "I try to capture that great healing power of love in all my work."