We are excited to bring you jewelry that are one of a kind hand made pieces of art crafted by indigenous artisans in the southwestern United States. I personally hand picked each piece for its originality, quality and beauty. Hand polished precious stones, meticulously crafted sterling silver, with the artist touch passed down through generations, in each and every piece. From my travels through New Mexico and Arizona I have selected these beautiful pieces and share them now in addition to what we offer our valued followers. These are unique original pieces that will not be replicated or offered again when they are sold.
We are also offering our antler tip necklaces made with antlers from Historic Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. These antlers were purchased from native tribesman that live and collected them on the land adjacent to Chaco Canyon. It is our wish to share these unique antlers with you. We will be donating 10% of the proceeds from all jewelry sales to Journey Into Hope, a non-profit organization to assist the desperately poor in the Dominican Republic.
We at Jimmi Wz bags take great pride in our work and how it came to be and we would like to share some of our philosophy of how we create in alignment with those who live closely with nature.
Our leather creations had their beginnings deep in the forest of rural Tennessee, far from electricity and modern distractions. I had been accepted as an apprentice to a magical man that was an amazing artisan and craftsman among many other things. During this apprenticeship there were many long nights around the fire with stories and demonstrations of skills of how to live off the land. All the while leaving hardly a footprint as a trace of our presence. We cooked native plants to supplement our rice and beans. We carved bones into musical instruments and played along with the frogs, crickets and coyotes. We made boxes with wooden hinges held together only by pegs. We sang songs and gave thanks to those before us and made wooden puppets for children in the future. All this using the most basic primitive tools; a knife, stump and mallet. We lived very close to the land, sleeping on the ground, fetching our drinking water from the spring, cooking over a fire and bathing in the stream. We lived as indigenous people all over the world had for thousands of years.
During this time my reverence for the ways of indigenous peoples grew and my respect for their kinship to nature grew as well. At one point, another apprentice arrived with a truck load of tough leather and threw it around the campfire. Soon the three of us were busy folding, cutting, punching holes and beating the leather into shape. We followed the masters lead and soon we had medicine bags, tool bags, hats, moccasins, vest and blankets. Anything that we could imagine we would make it out of leather. We adorned them with dear bones and wooden beads, we burned designs and patterns into the leather. We beat and pounded, and dragged the leather through rocks and rivers to soften it. We wrung it with our hands and stretched it into the shapes that we imagined. Mysteriously it took shape and form from our intent.
We continue to use the same basic premise of creation for the leather works you see today. Though the bags we make today are much more intricate and refined than those made by the fire, they are essentially the same bags. From our devotion to the ways of people that came before us, we have based the entire foundation of how we create dedicated to the simplicity and complexity of nature. We hope this sheds light on our work to further reveal a depth that goes back to the beginning of humankind.
Journey Into Hope, Inc. is an independent, private, charitable foundation dedicated to improving the health and living conditions of desperately poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean. In whatever way we can, and using whatever means most appropriate to each situation, we strive simply to improve the health and general well-being of people suffering from sickness, hunger, and inadequate (or no) housing caused by extreme poverty.
By far, the very poorest of the poor in the Dominican Republic are the Haitian refugees; the most obvious needs of many of these families are a dry place to live and food to eat. Presently, hundreds of Haitians are living in the dirt and mud in the flood plain of the Sabaneta River. Seasonal rains bring as much as four feet of raging water into the tin and cardboard shacks of these people, and they are forced to evacuate several times a year.
With adequate housing on dry land, we can dramatically improve not only the living conditions of these folks, but also their overall standard of health. All the best medicines in the world will not keep people healthy if they are malnourished, living in the mud. and drinking and cooking with contaminated river water.
For more information please visit their website www.journeyintohope.org