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, carved from walnut wood, represents a continuation of that tradition. Each cellar is painstakingly carved from walnut wood, renowned for its beauty and durability. Each one is unique and its own work of art. Besides salt, it can be used to hold spices or even can be taken to the office to hold paperclips or pushpins.
- Dimensions: 6 inches long x 2.25 inches wide.
- Hold 4 ounces, or one- half cup of salt.
- Material: solid carved walnut
- Handwash only