I grew up in New Mexico which gave me a love of the American Indian culture and art. I am so drawn to the ruins and the relics of the Ancient Ones. I imagine what it must have been like to live in those days, and can picture little Indian girls playing with dolls made of corn husks, bits of leather, and sticks. These Spirit Dolls are inspired by the old style Kachinas and other Southwest Indian designs.
Most of my Native Spirits do not represent a particular Kachina, but I made these to resemble the Corn Maiden Kachina. Real Kachinas are carved from cottonwood roots.
JuJu dolls are a part of the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. They are meant to bring their owners good luck and protection from negativity. My dolls are all hand made with love, in the traditional way, containing Spanish moss in the stuffing and pine needles added somewhere on the doll. They are adorned with buttons, charms, trinkets, shell, beads and feathers.
I have included a pocket or purse on each doll for you to personalize bu tucking in a memento, wish, photo, lock of hair, nail clipping, or a snippet of a favorite garment.
Throughout history, birds have often been believed to be spiritual messengers, foretelling the future and bring omens regarding luck and love. All my birds are made with love, and bring with them a message of good fortune, love, and peace.
Most of my birds are mythical beings, but you will often recognize an owl, a chicken, crow, or dove among them as well.