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ZHAAWANART NEW FISHER STAR CREATIONS

Native American fine art & jewelry: a unique project by storyteller artist Zhaawano

 

Jewelry artist designer sharing Anishinaabe stories under the light of the Fisher Star

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"There is a story to every piece"

Native Woodland artist Zhaawano Giizhik presents to you with a grateful heart his art project named New Fisher Star Creations, a venture of unbound Love, Vision, and Creativity in the ancient and sacred tradition of the Anishinaabeg and Ininewak (Cree) storytellers. The traditional, allegorical narrative of the constellation of the Fisher Star, Zhaawano's favorite tale, runs through his blood and his works of art. As a jewelry artist and storyteller at heart Zhaawano offers you an exciting variety of exclusive handcrafted jewelry and wedding and clan rings. The website was originally set up as a joint art project; a dynamic platform for showcasing written stories and poetry and, occasionally, fine art by himself and by kindred artists who draw from the same cultural and artistic source as he does. Please view your favorite menus by clicking the links in the vertical top menu bar - or, if you are using a cell/smart phone, the navigation button at the top of your screen.

 

The stories and narratives that are being shared on this website are as strongly allegorical as in the old tradition of storytelling, yet they also contain lessons that reflect today’s world. Woven around his and kindred artists' fine art & jewelry and carefully wrapped in ancient metaphors and age-old symbolism, each one

of Zhaawano's story pieces is a teaching mirror, instilling in the minds of those who make the effort to look init a living sense of human potentials and infusing their hearts with the power of humility and love...

The Great Storyteller

The visions, dreams, and adventures of the Great Storyteller Hero Wiinabozho fill the minds of children sitting spellbound as they listen to Grandfather's stories... Read Zhaawano Giizhik's amazing story of Wiinabozho and the Storytellers' Mirror.

Click here to read the story

In today's spotlight:

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars: these one-of-a-kind wedding rings, which Zhaawano crafted by hand from black zirconium, with inlays of 18K yellow, white, and red gold, testify to the sleek and mysterious beauty of polished zirconium, metal of the planets.

 

The title and the design of this zirconium wedding ring set refer to the night sky and the Spirit Nation that dwells there, headed by Grandfather Sun, Yellow Sky Woman also called Grandmother Moon, and the star constellations.

 

Gold inlay is used for the moon and the sun; this is done by hammering round, respectively white and yellow gold, rivet wires into both ring shanks. The star world is symbolized by smaller rivet wire of red gold; in the men’s ring waaban-anang, the morning star, is positioned behind the sun; the ladies’ ring shows ningaabii-anang, the evening star who rises behind the moon. Click the red button to view details of the ring set.

  • Midewiwin bear paw life road wedding ring set
  • Anishinaabe pendant Fire of Life
  • Native American style storytelling ring based on the Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather teachings
  • White gold eagle feather pendant
  • TwNative American style eagle feather rings A Prayer to the Northo golden rings
  • Aabita-niibino-giizis turquoise ring designed by Zhaawano Giizhik
  • Anishinaabewaki Bimaadiziwin pen and ink drawing by Native Woodland artist Zhaawano
  • Silver Anishinaabe floral design watch band
  • Anishinaabe-style silver wristwatch band designed and handcrafted by Native Woodland Art jeweler Zhaawano
  • Gold inlaid fisher star wedding ring set
  • Spirit Of Manoomin bracelet by Native Woodland jeweler Zhaawano Giizhik
  • Mikinaak island line art drawing by Anishinaabe Woodland artist Zhaawano Giizhik
  • Reflection of Giizis the Sun in the Lake bracelet by jeweler Zhaawano
  • Anishinaabe Mandaamin silver bracelet designed and handcrafted by jeweler Zhaawano
  • Sterling silver Native American Medicine wheel designed and handcrafted by Native Woodland jeweler Zhaawano
  • Midewiwin path sterling silver wedding rings
  • Native American style gold and red coral eagle feather pendant by jeweler Zhaawano
  • Biboonii-gamiing Ojibwe wedding rings by Zhaawano
  • Silver loon bracelet
  • Thunder Leaf silver and turquoise ring by Zhaawano Giizhik
  • Turtle And Wolf Native American style hair barrette by jeweler Zhaawano
  • Changing Sky gold and turquoise ladies' ring, a birthday present for Antje Tetelepta
  • Anishinaabe wedding, art by Zhaawano Giizhik

Zhaawano's Talking Pieces: contemporary storyteller jewelry and wedding rings - inspired by Native American Anishinaabe Clan & Storytelling traditions

ZhaawanArt New Fisher Star Creations is proud to offer you a great variety of one-of-a-kind, highly finished Native American-inspired wedding rings, wedding jewelry, storyteller jewelry, and clan rings, all made of Eco-friendly gold, silver, platinum, and various other metals.

Throughout the years Woodland Art jeweler Zhaawano developed a distinctly personal style, drawing on traditional Native American silver and goldsmithing techniques as well as on Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) form and symbol, yet adding his own contemporary sense of color and design. Each and every piece, designed and made by hand with a special prayer, tells a unique story; every single project that leaves his workbench shows certain personal touches of his artistry, his individual style showing through the larger traditions.

A unique collection of Storyteller rings based on ancient teachings: An introduction to the Seven Grandfathers - See the below slide show

Where does the name "New Fisher Star Creations" come from?

 

What else can be said about Zhaawano's art project named New Fisher Star Creations, and the origin of the name? As Zhaawano grew up he heard many traditional stories about the stars and he learned that, since it is believed that stars move from east to west, new life and knowledge emerge from Waaban, the eastern sky and that the spirits of those who pass on travel to Ningaabii'an, the Western Sky. He also found out that the most well-known and beloved star constellation that plays a central role in Anishinaabe lore is the Big Dipper or Ursa Major. To the Anishinaabeg and the Ininewak, the Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ojiig-anang or Ochikatak (Fisher Marten Star).

It was in the course of 2012 that, under the sacred guidance of the Fisher Marten constellation, Zhaawano chose to walk the creative path with his then artistic parter Simone McLeod - which eventually inspired him into creating this art project and website.

Now, 8 years later, the friendship and artistic collaboration called "Fisher Star Creations" have come to an end, but the stories continue, under a new name: New Fisher Star Creations... 

> All our gold, silver, palladium, and platinum wedding rings are made of Eco-friendly materials

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The road to regaining pride in culture and self

"The Power of Spirit Memory"

Being a contemporary Native Woodland artist inspired by the past, Zhaawano looks to the traditional symbols of the Anishinaabe Peoples as a foundation of a great variety of jewelry designs, poetry, and written stories.

 

By using ‘‘spirit memory,’’ the remembrance of ancestral knowledge, Zhaawano seeks to re-introduce through his works of art and stories (and, on occasion, through the works of of kindred artists) the ancient world view of his People and channel it into the contemporary consciousness. In other words, he uses his skills and acuteness to find artistic ways to translate the cultural expressions of yesterday into the language of today, and render them into contemporary imagery that captivates the minds, opens up the hearts, and fires the imagination of everyone who lays eyes on it. This art project, or creative collaboration of kindred spirits, is called "New Fisher Star Creations."
 

New Fisher Star Creations was initiated by Zhaawano in the hope to be able to help his People make aware of, and give them a sense of pride in, their culture and the lifeways of the ancestors - and, most important of all, to help them regain a quiet and benign sense of pride in themselves and make them aware of all that they can accomplish in the here and now.
 
Miigwech for embarking with New Fisher Star Creations on this wonderful creative and spiritual journey...
 

 

Eco-gold recycling via a traceable closed-loop process is what
New Fisher Star Creations has been practicing for years. In the process of creating the Eco-friendly gold, silver, and platinum that we use in our fine jewelry and wedding rings, scrap metal coming from our own studio is melted and reworked into sheet and wire. This recycling treatment removes any impurities. In order to ensure that the melting involves only recycled precious metal, it is thoroughly segregated to avoid contamination with any other metals throughout its audited recycling process.

 

 

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Anishinaabe Wiidigendiwin, line art drawing by Native Woodland artist Zhaawano Giizhik

Learn more about the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Anishinaabe Midewiwin that provide a unique theme to my jewelry, wedding & clan rings, and written stories.

- Illustration: Pen-and-ink drawing by Zhaawano

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