This 13" drum by Gyauustees is a depiction of a peyote waterbird.
This 13" drum by Gyauustees is a depiction of a peyote waterbird. On its tail are two killer whales transforming into wolves, then into humans. The transformation is accomplished through praying with the medicine. The prayer transforms into a rainbow with the moon and the road of life. The fire behind it is symbolic of the sun. The waterbird's tail and body form a teepee in which a peyote ceremony is taking place with the moon and morning star above. The elements combine to form balance. Green represents mother earth, forests, and medicine. Purple and blue representing the Chiefs and the sky surrounding and caring for the medicine. White is for snow and clarity. Copper, the spirit and wealth.
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