Sharing two kind of creepy shaman sticks for all of your raw energy needs… I made these with found objects incorporated into existing walking sticks.

two embellished walking shaman sticks by Jennifer Weigel
Embellished walking shaman sticks by Jennifer Weigel
Detail of mummified duck feet adorning the smaller shaman stick
Detail of mummified duck feet adorning the smaller shaman stick

The smaller of the shaman sticks harnesses the energy of two mummified duck feet as its focal point, with black lace wrapping around a large part of the middle of the walking stick. The dangling duck feet clatter against one another to create interesting sound accompaniment. A friend of mine who was a hunter used to save the duck feet from ducks he had hunted and eaten, drying them – he created a huge installation dangling about a hundred from the ceiling. These particular feet were purchased as natural dog toys. You can buy your own on Amazon or from select specialty pet food stores.

Detail of hand from the larger shaman stick
Detail of hand from the larger shaman stick
Back of hand on larger shaman stick
Back of hand on larger shaman stick

The larger of the shaman sticks focuses on an exquisitely carved wood hand that was once part of a pair of praying olive wood hands, probably from the Israel region. It has since been carved a bit more on the palm and outfitted with a doll eye to ward off evil. Sometimes referred to the Hamsa or Hand of Fatima, this is an old symbol appearing in many world religions, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. It is often used to ward off the Evil Eye although it appears in other contexts as well.

Feel free to check out more of Jennifer Weigel’s work here on Haunted MTL or on her writing, fine art, and conceptual projects websites.

Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.
Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.
About the Author

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist residing in Kansas USA. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video and writing. You can find more of her work at: https://www.jenniferweigelart.com/ https://www.jenniferweigelprojects.com/ https://jenniferweigelwords.wordpress.com/

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