|Polymer Clay Messenger Totem
This Rainbow Crow Totem is designed to hold a small scroll. You can place positive affirmations
on the blank scroll, or use it for "love" notes to pass messages back and forth between you and
He stands freely on his own and makes a beautiful totem when he is not
flying about to run his message deliveries.
I made him with polymer clay and painted him with beautiful powders in a rainbow of color that
gives a shimmering effect. I also gave a final clear coat to seal in the colors.
He has a set of 7 Chakra gemstones set into his body, in rainbow colors: Garnet, Carnelian,
Rutliated Quartz, Green Aventurine, Turquoise, Sodalite, and Amethyst.
He also has a spiral design on his forehead.
He has a wing span of 3 and 1/2 inches and meaures 3 and 5/16 inches from tip of beak to end of
tail. He measures just under 1 inch thick at the widest point.
The Native American myth of the Rainbow Crow is a beautiful story, and was my inspiration for
"Rainbow Crow" - (as told by the Lenni Lenape Tribe)
It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never
seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in. But the cold increased tenfold,
and they began to worry. The little animals were being buried in the snow drifts and the larger
animals could hardly walk because the snow was so deep. Soon, all would perish if something were
"We must send a messenger to Kijiamuh Ka'ong, the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What
Will Be," said Wise Owl. "We must ask him to think the world warm again so that Spirit Snow will
leave us in peace."
The animals were pleased with this plan. They began to debate among themselves, trying to
decide who to send up to the Creator. Wise Owl could not see well during the daylight, so he could
not go. Coyote was easily distracted and like playing tricks, so he could not be trusted. Turtle was
steady and stable, but he crawled too slowly. Finally, Rainbow Crow, the most beautiful of all the
birds with shimmering feathers of rainbow hues and an enchanting singing voice, was chosen to go
to Kijiamuh Ka'ong.
It was an arduous journey, three days up and up into the heavens, passed the trees and clouds,
beyond the sun and the moon, and even above all the stars. He was buffeted by winds and had no
place to rest, but he carried bravely on until he reached Heaven. When Rainbow Crow reached
the Holy Place, he called out to the Creator, but received no answer. The Creator was too busy
thinking up what would be to notice even the most beautiful of birds. So Rainbow Crow began to
sing his most beautiful song.
The Creator was drawn from his thoughts by the lovely sound, and came to see which bird was
making it. He greeted Rainbow Crow kindly and asked what gift he could give the noble bird in
exchange for his song. Rainbow Crow asked the Creator to un-think the snow, so that the animals
of Earth would not be buried and freeze to death. But the Creator told Rainbow Crow that the
snow and the ice had spirits of their own and could not be destroyed.
"What shall we do then?" asked the Rainbow Crow. "We will all freeze or smother under the
"You will not freeze," the Creator reassured him, "For I will think of Fire, something that will
warm all creatures during the cold times."
The Creator stuck a stick into the blazing hot sun. The end blazed with a bright, glowing fire which
burned brightly and gave off heat. "This is Fire," he told Rainbow Crow, handing him the cool end
of the stick. "You must hurry to Earth as fast as you can fly before the stick burns up."
Rainbow Crow nodded his thanks to the Creator and flew as fast as he could go. It was a
three-day trip to Heaven, and he was worried that the Fire would burn out before he reached the
Earth. The stick was large and heavy, but the fire kept Rainbow Crow warm as he descended from
Heaven down to the bright path of the stars. Then the Fire grew hot as it came closer to Rainbow
Crows feathers. As he flew passed the Sun, his tail caught on fire, turning the shimmering
beautiful feathers black. By the time he flew passed the Moon, his whole body was black with soot
from the hot Fire. When he plunged into the Sky and flew through the clouds, the smoke got into
his throat, strangling his beautiful singing voice.
By the time Rainbow Crow landed among the freezing-cold animals of Earth, he was black as tar
and could only Caw instead of sing. He delivered the fire to the animals, and they melted the snow
and warmed themselves, rescuing the littlest animals from the snow drifts where they lay buried.
It was a time of rejoicing, for Tindeh - Fire - had come to Earth. But Rainbow Crow sat apart,
saddened by his dull, ugly feathers and his rasping voice. Then he felt the touch of wind on his
face. He looked up and saw the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be walking toward
"Do not be sad, Rainbow Crow," the Creator said. "All animals will honor you for the sacrifice
you made for them. And when the people come, they will not hunt you, for I have made your flesh
taste of smoke so that it is no good to eat and your black feathers and hoarse voice will prevent
man from putting you into a cage to sing for him. You will be free."
Then the Creator pointed to Rainbow Crow's black feathers. Before his eyes, Rainbow Crow saw
the dull feathers become shiny and inside each one, he could see all the colors of the rainbow.
"This will remind everyone who sees you of the service you have been to your people," he said,
"and the sacrifice you made that saved them all."
And so shall it ever be.
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