Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who, at age 16, met and helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition explore the Louisiana Territory. She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean, helping to establish cultural contacts with Native American populations and contributed to the expedition's knowledge of natural history. When she joined the expedition, she gave birth to her son, Pompy, who also traveled with her.
Silk Road Bazaar, founded in 2011, designs ornaments that are produced by marginalized artisan groups located in Kyrgyzstan. They work with artisans who are far from the capitals, who have limited market access, who do not possess modern marketable skills but have carried on traditional craft culture.
“Kork, Fiber Art Group” was founded in 1996; at that time many artisans faced unemployment and required a place to express their talents. The group has helped to sustain interest in the arts, provide artists with employment, and kept the tradition of felting alive during times of severe poverty and economic depression. The founder and her associated artisans have a deep interest in the encouragement and integration of traditional Kyrgyz design and patterns in their artwork as well as educating people about their history of felt.
Dimensions: Approximately 4" long.
Fairly traded and handmade in Kyrgyzstan.