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Thinking Outside the Box, Acrylic, Oil and Ink On Canvas by Bryan Waytula, Cherokee

Size Image 16” tall x 20”

“The box turtle is a very silent and slow-moving friend of the Cherokee whose shell is made in to a rattle for ceremonial dances and to call on the spirits. The Shell Shaker is the female counterpart to the Dance Singer and wears leg rattles on her lower legs. Legend has it that because of the natural designs on the tortoise shell that look like women dancing. Turtle says, “Let Women Dance.””