"In This Place" Small Purse

Title: In This Place

The purse took First Place in Beadwork/Quillwork at the Chickasaw Nation Artesian Festival in May 2017.

Size: Approx. 6 1/2" H x 6" W by 1/2" D plus strap

Materials: Glass seed beads on wool, cotton

If you ask Cherokees how many directions there are, they will tell you there are seven. Those directions are East, North, West, South, Above, Below, and In This Place.

We think of our place not on a flat compass rose but as the core of a sphere. It is a three dimensional concept, difficult to shrink down to a flat, two dimensions to put on a printed page.

The design on this purse is a symbol for the four winds, also for the sun.