This one of a kind silver and stone medicine box has been constructed of Chrysocolla Cuprite and 26 gauge Sterling silver. The lid is crowned by a genuine Zuni wolf fetish hand carved by Leland Boone & Daphne Quan (see below).
Chrysocolla Cuprite, also known as Sonora Sunset, and sometimes Sonora Sunrise, is named for the lovely and colorful sunsets over the Sonoran Desert, from which it is found. The blue/green is Chrysocolla, the red is Cuprite, and the black is Iron. Chrysocolla is named from the Greek chrysos (gold) and kola (glue), in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. Cuprite is named from the Latin, cuprum, meaning copper. This Chrysocolla Cuprite is from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Its hardness ranges from 2.0 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale.
Chrysocolla is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about feelings of tranquility. Metaphysically, chrysocolla is associated with serenity, tranquility, peace, patience, tolerance, acceptance, unconditional love, meditation, calmness, hope, gentleness, and sensitivity. Cuprite assists us in dealing with female relationships, mother, sister, daughter, wife or a female partner. It is also said to be helpful in dealing with major problems: irrational anxieties, terror from past traumas, and fear of dying. This stone is a powerful gateway that gives vigor and vitality to the soul to fight the challenging situations of life.
The Sterling silver fusing the box strengthens the connection between the astral and physical planes, while enhancing the energies of the stone it surrounds. Place your herbs, keepsakes, or medicine in the Native American Medicine box to
infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies. Experience the power of Native American Medicine and own an amazingly unique fusion of art and ancient power.
This medicine box has been topped by a genuine Zuni wolf fetish carved from Azurite. Azurite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral best known for its characteristic deep blue to violet-blue color. It was called the Stone of Heaven by the ancient Chinese who believed it to open celestial gateways, and was revered by Greeks and Romans for its visionary insights and healing powers. For the Mayans, Azurite inspired the mystical self and facilitated the transfer of wisdom and knowledge via thought, while Native Americans used this sacred stone to contact their spiritual guide, feel the presence, and understand the message.
To the Zuni, the wolf represents not just successful hunting, but also social consciousness that inspires working together for the good of the group. In Zuni teachings the wolf is one of the six directional fetishes, symbolizing the Guardian
of the East. Wolf fetishes are often given to newlyweds in order to invoke the strong family bonds that wolves create. A pair of wolves is often carved together to symbolize mating for life. Wolf gives us inner guidance and clarity; helping us to
become a teacher and a pathfinder.
The fetish includes a medicine bundle tied to its back by animal sinew. These bundles are meant as a gift offering to the animal spirit. The bundles provide the animal spirit with energy, enhancing its powers and allowing its prayers to be heard more easily. The arrowhead pointing forward defends it from obstacles in the future.
Leland Boone is a third generation carver, and is the great grandson of Teddy Weahkee (d.), whose family line is well-known for Zuni carving. Lena Boone, his mother, and his aunt, Dinah Gasper, are both renowned fetish carvers. Leland carves traditional and non-traditional pieces. He is married to Daphne Quam, who is a well-respected fetish carver as well. Leland and Daphne share a workshop where they often collaborate on fetishes. They are well-known for their work with glass slag and bright colored stones.