CREATING SPLIT TWIG FIGURINES
Presented By: Wingate Wilderness Therapy
CREATING SPLIT-TWIG FIGURINES
Date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Wingate Wilderness Therapy, 42 East Center St, Kanab, UT 84741
Description: Split twig figurines represent the oldest record of human occupancy in the Grand Canyon, dating back over 4,000 years. Some effigies appear to represent bighorn sheep and mule deer, both animals still very common in the canyon today. Anthropologists suspect that these effigies were made by Desert Culture peoples, forebears of the Anasazi as part of ritual ceremony before a hunt to ask for the blessings of the animal spirits before taking their lives.
Come learn how to make these figures yourself! In this hand-on workshop, you’ll begin by splitting willow twigs, using a stone blade, then wrapping and twisting the halves to create your figurine. Figures were sometimes pierced with another piece of wood symbolizing that the animal had been struck by a spear or an arrow. When the shapes were finished a torch made of juniper was lit, as part of the ceremony, and the shapes were placed beneath a cairn in the back of a cave.
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