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Native American Feather Prayer FansFeather Prayer Fans are an ancient tradition that spans many cultures, religions and nations.They are used to help dispatch prayers to the Heavens and are considered to hold great healing power. They are used when cleansing an object, a space, a person and also during healing work. Commonly known as Smudging Fans.

Native American Talking SticksIn many Cultures throughout the world, the Talking Stick is used to give each person in a Ceremonial or Tribal meeting the chance to speak with the respect of the others listening.Only the one holding the Talking Stick is permitted to speak. When finished, it is passed to the next person.

I began making Native American Talking Sticks and Feather Prayer Fans while doing research work at the Oak Hill Cemetery ("The Hill") made world famous by the Poetry of Edgar Lee Masters in his Spoon River Anthology, published in 1915. The book has never been out of Print.When I would come upon a Fallen Tree Limb, I would take it to my Shop and perform a "Rebirthing" on it in my effort at keeping the Poetry of Spoon River Anthology alive forever. The Sticks have brought the Nature Spirit of "The HIll" to many people that have received them. Each "Stick" is unique and is designed with Love for Nature just as the local Native American Indians did with their Ceremonial Sticks for as many as 12,000 years ago.Lewistown, IL is also the home of the famous Dickson Mounds Burial Grounds.Cedar, Leather, Polyurethane, Feathers, Turquoise and other semi-precious stones.I Bless each of my Sticks in the Sanctuary of the St. James Episcopal Church. (National Historic Register, circa 1860) 309-857-3372

Sticks From "The Hill"