Sisiutl Warrior - Soul Catcher

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Sisiutl (SEE-shoe) is a symbol from the Northwest Coast region of North America.  Some artifacts from the Kwakiutl, Nootka, Tlingit  and Haida bear a motif of a human head between two serpent heads.  I've seen the Sisiutl as a house protector too, in some old photographs of West Coast Houses it is seen at the smoke hole covering.  The smoke hole is where spirits can exit and enter a house.  Shamans used Sisuitl as a soul catcher too to prevent a patient's souls from wandering away during illness.

The Sisiutl protected a warrior by turning his enemy to stone if they gazed upon it.  It also could shape change into a canoe or anything else the warrior would need.

On this ring it is serves as a protective amulet.

  I just want to note that this design is inspired by Native American culture and is one that I drew myself, like all of my pieces.  I incorporated some labyrinth designs (a Celtic/Viking influence) on the hands.

If you have an idea of what a Ring or piece of jewellery would look like, I can help you make one.  Simply send me a suggestion jason@bellchamber.net

 

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R171 (10mm wide) Sisiutl Ring in 14k Gold - ORDER

 

Silver Sterling: $195.00 - ORDER

Prices in CAD. Available in Gold, Platinum or Sterling Silver

 


Sisutl Sprit Catcher on a smoke hole, pre. 1900's.

Above is the Sisutl Ring in Sterling Silver by Jason Bellchamber.

   

Links of Interest: Native Storytelling, Haida, ,Sisiutl on Wikipedia, Sisiutl Gallery.

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