Mouse Woman Earrings, Sterling Silver, Green Dentalium & Green Amethyst by Morgan Asoyuf (Ts'msyen)

Small yet mighty, mouse woman commands respect. The story of the mythological mouse woman appears in the oral history of the Haida, Ts'msyen & other northwest coast peoples.   

The green shells in these earrings are called dentalium, which are the shell of a sea mollusk that lives on the northwest coast of British Columbia. Dentalium were used as an item of trade between northwest coast Indigenous nations & are a symbol of wealth.

These earrings signify respect, abundance, wealth & beauty. 

Each piece of the sterling silver have a different design of mouse woman. Look closely & you can see her eyes, ears, teeth & nostrils. 

Designed & fabricated by Morgan Asoyuf from the Ts'msyen Nation located in Lax Kwallams in northwest British Columbia. You will be delighted with the quality & hand-craftsmanship of these earrings, even the ear wires are hammered & made by hand. 

Material: Sterling silver, green dentalium, faceted green amethyst

Dimensions: 4.5 inches from the top of the earwire to the bottom of the earring x 3/8 inch wide 

Meet the Artist:

Morgan Asoyuf (née Green) was born March 24, 1984 in Prince Rupert BC. Morgan is Ts'msyen Eagle Clan from Ksyeen River (Prince Rupert area), BC. Her Lineage is Lax Giik, XGiik , Gitando (people of the weir net), Githo'on (the salmon eaters)

Morgan’s artistic career started with a Blanche Macdonald Centre Fashion Design Diploma in 2003, and an interest in painting Ts’msyen Designs. She studies wood sculpture with Henry Green and Phil Gray, and enjoys teaching the art form in varied settings. She is currently employed as an auxiliary goldsmith instructor with Vancouver Community College as well as teaching art at the Kilala Lelum Native Health Centre on the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

She took Bronze Casting at The Crucible art compound in Oakland, where industry professionals taught her both investment mold and sand casting.

In 2010 Morgan studied at Vancouver Metal Art School under Gerold Mueller, a goldsmith from Pforzheim Germany. She received diplomas in both Jewelry Design and Stone Cutting, learning special techniques such as hollow construction, custom stone cutting, and advanced soldering.

Morgan has studied design and engraving with Richard Adkins, and completed Gem Setting courses at Revere Academy, San Francisco.

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