Bandolier Bags: Dance By Numbers

Motifs inspired by Cherokee number and color symbolism, with special emphasis on the numbers two, four and seven.

By crossing two lines, a four-point star is created. By arranging three rows of beads in gradated colors around this star, seven rows of beads are produced on each point, in a total of four colors. In the seven-point star, the Cherokee colors for the four cardinal directions (according to James Mooney and other scholars) are presented from the outside to the center in counter-clockwise order. This symbolizes the Seven Clans being called in to dance counter-clockwise around the central fire. The double rows of trim beadwork recall the importance of maintaining a balance in our lives.

Materials: Wool, cotton cloth, cotton binding, Czech glass seed beads, yarn and brass trade beads.