The Medicine Wheel carries the teachings of life, being in balance, moving in circle and receiving wisdom and knowledge that carry us through our everyday existence. Many tribal nations had some form of teaching around the Medicine Wheel—natives of the Americas, and others across the oceans such as the Celtic people.
The colors of the Four Directions often varied; mostly black, red, white, and yellow which signified the races of the world. The Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual were also represented in the circle. It is taught that every living creature comes to us from one of the directions and carries with it the teachings and medicines of that direction.
We could say that, as humans, we each birth into a place on the circle and through experience, guidance from our ancestors, and courage we evolve to other places in the circle, and eventually we go beyond the circle. The teaching of the Medicine Wheel reaches far into the spirit world and can be used as a blueprint for Native spirituality.
Traditionally, Shields were used for protection. Our connection to the world, both physically and spiritually, would show up as symbols displayed on the family Shield. This would often take the form of an animal totem, being saved from a lightning strike, something received through a vision quest, bravery in battle, an amazing birth, and many other things.
The modern Shield varies greatly. Many carry the teachings for the animal or symbol they represent, and are used by people to honor their clan or totem animal. The Shields that we make are simple drawings of the animals, which give everyone an opportunity to display the totem that they are connected to.
Over the years we have also been honored with a powwow depiction, petroglyph style, and have created many Shields with this drawing. It represents our coming together in good spirit, laughter and play.
Our Medicine Wheels and Shields are constantly evolving. As the Creator puts materials and influences in our path, we are inspired to create new expressions of the Medicine Wheel and the Shield. Feel free to ask about our current projects.