About This Item
A-ma, pronounced Ah-mah, is the Cherokee word for salt. Interestingly, it is also the Cherokee word for water. This speaks to the importance of these two vital necessities for life. The importance of salt is evident in Cherokee history and mythology. Having available salt nearby, either in a salt lick or a salt spring, determined the location of villages. Salt licks were so important to life that they were often considered neutral territory and many tribes and animals came there without fear of harm. Salt also plays an important role in Cherokee beliefs. For example, it is sprinkled around the house to ward off bad medicine or burn in a fire when one hears a screech owl.
Due to the importance of salt, it was often stored in pottery jars and wooden bowls in the home. This handmade salt cellar represents a continuation of that tradition. Each cellar is made of high-fired glazed ceramic for durability and beauty. Included is a small wooden spoon that measures about 1/4 teaspoon, just enough for when a recipe calls for a “pinch of salt.”
- Dimensions: 3 inches high x 2 inches in diameter.
- Hold 6 ounces, or three-fourths cup of salt.
- Wooden spoon included
- Material: ceramic, glazed
- Dishwasher safe