About the Artists
Richard J., is a member of the Iroquois Confederation, Oneida Tribe, and Turtle Clan. His Oneida name is "Loliwyantati" which means, "He Who Brings the Good Word." Woven into each basket are symbols of his Iroquois culture. The antler represents Leadership, as a sachem, or chief, wore antlers in his headdress as a symbol of his position. The basket is round representing the Circle of Life. Purple, if used, connotes Peace and each basket contains a turtle as Native Americans refer to Mother Earth as Turtle Island.
Each basket is "signed" with a metallic turtle. While being a members of the Iroquois, Oneida tribe, the artists are, also, members of the Turtle Clan. The turtle is selected to be the artistic signature of the artists.
Other baskets available are "generic baskets" and do not reflect our Iroquois culture but still offer you the choices of your personal tastes.