The SHF Tribal Bead

History of the Festival Tribal Beads

Harmony Tribe has picked some of the best festival practices from around the country to incorporate into Sacred Harvest Festival. One of these is a 'Tribal Bead'.

The Tribal Bead is given to each participant, sometimes on arrival, sometimes at the opening ritual, and sometimes in pieces and additions are made during the festival and it is assembled. The effect is to add one more aspect to the feeling of community the festival generates! Nine out of the fourteen years, it has been designed by Nels Linde and Judy Olson-Linde. Made by HT Members and our great community in advance and bisque fired, and then smoke fired in the first festival fire.

To make your own, make an original design with no undercuts out of red clay. Fire it, and then use it to make several molds in red clay of the original, both sides if needed, and fire them. Red clay is used as it holds detail well and fires reasonably hard but still remains water absorbent. This aids the release when pressed into wet Raku clay (a coarse clay designed to withstand temperature shock in the fire),  Use white Raku clay for the actual beads, either weighing small spheres, or estimating the amount per bead. Either press between two molds or press one side onto a cookie sheet. Avoid handling much to preserve the detail when wet. Trim off edges and punch a whole through for suspending it on cord. Fire these beads in a kiln to harden them. To 'smoke' them, dig a shallow fire pit, maybe four inches deep. Place a brick or rock in the center to support a fire grate. Place beads upon a base of cedar or pine chips,on edge in rows, leaning on the center rock. Cover them with more woos shavings and then with a layer of tin foil. Cover with a grate and build a camp fire. If you wish the beads to retain some variated black smoke color on the beads, don't make the fire too hot or too big. A moderate fire will make the chips burn, but too hot will burn the smoke color back out of the beads when they reach about 800 degrees if under a huge bed of coals. Let the fire burnout and carefully excavate and see the beauty the next morning!

SHF 2015 - Tribal Evolution

This years bead is in the form of a circle surrounded with DNA strands, at the center a flint point, symbol of tribes for the ages.

Sacred Harvest Festival has a new home at Atchingtan, and the tribal evolution has begun! A new era has started with many old friends and new additions.

 

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2014 - Gratitude

This years bead was a disk of acorns and oak leaves.

Our theme, "Gratitude" reflects the realization that thousands of festivants have contributed, experienced tribal community and the wonderful oak grove we have called home for seventeen years. Wwe have hosted an amazingly talented group of speakers, visionaries, and musicians over the years. In gratitude, and for the first time, we have decided to bring some of our favorite people back as guests.

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2013 - As Above,...So Below

A six sided bead with theme and a magical sign.

A huge list of guests offerings, they created magic everywhere!

 

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2012 - Unveiling the Sacred; Immersed in the Luminous Light of Love

This years bead is heart shaped with a raised spiral radiating love in the center.

SHF had Two love filled guests; Andras Corban Arthen and Yeshe Rabbit. It was the year of a park filled with Shrines!

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2011 - Forest Family, Roots and Branches Intertwined

This years bead is in the form of two trees. roots and branches intertwined. The hole formed in the middle was used to focus upon both our beautiful forest home and our tribe within it. Using pony beads representing the colors of the Ogham tree language, we gathered additions.

In ritual we each chose one bead that represented the quality that we had best, to give others. Then one that we could use our communities help with improving. Last we chose a color at random (and its quality) that was our challenge, something the Gods deemed us needing attention. After receiving these in ritual, we were charged with also finding the qualities of the Ogham in others, and giving a bead of that color, with a few words to those we observed exemplified the gift . By the end of the week everyone had a decorated necklace and our community feeling had grown!

Click to view the symbol/tree/color chart for the Ogham pony beads!

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde


Photo by Bead Owner: Robin Grimm

SHF 2010 - Seducing the Muse

This years bead was a disk of leather, cut with a press die, and impressed with a festival image.

SHF 2009 - Living the Wheel, Mirth and Reverence in Everyday Life

This years bead was a circle with the phases of the moon on one side, and the eight Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year on the other side. By rotating the bead, festivants could use as a calendar, marking the moon phase or the season.

In the closing ritual, alphabet cubes were found and traded until the word, "sacred" could be spelled out and then added to the necklace as our festivants left for home.

Bead design and molds, by Judy Olson Linde, production and firing by Nels Linde

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SHF 2008 - The Fool's Journey, Breaking the Hermetic Seal

The bead is in the form of a door, with "abrahadabra" on the bricks of the arch. The face of the door is the Hebrew letter Alph. The back contains the pentacle and the signs of the four direction.

Bead design by Judy Olson Linde, molds, production, and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2007 - Divine Possession

These are four samples of the over 300 individual bead that were made, celebrating the ten year anniversary of sacred Harvest Festival. Six molds were made for the inside of the bowl shape, and then plants, bones, and found objects were pressed into the backs of each making each one unique!

The bowl bead was a cup for us to fill with the blessings of divinity during the week.

In the opening ritual each was given a bead and cord, and then in turn those who had attended all ten festivals were called into the circle, and all within the circle given a colored pony bead. This continued year by year until all festivants were within the circle and had at least one bead.

Bead design and molds, by Judy Olson Linde, production and firing by Nels Linde


SHF 2006 - History, Mystery, Witchery

This years bead was encrypted with a message.

Throughout the week clues were given to decode the message and solve the mystery!

Bead design and molds, by Judy Olson Linde, production and firing by Nels Linde

SHF 2005 - Folk Medicine, Folk Magick

Bead as a poppit, overlayed on a pentacle.

The back contains the six sided morning star of Inanna.

Bead design, molds, production, and firing by Judy Olson Linde and Nels Linde

SHF 2004 - Dark Moon Mysteries, ... seeking the shadow self

This bead was given in pieces within ritual and assembled during the course of the week. First a quarter moon with snake image and cord was given.

Later a "Moon" bead, hand formed was given and added.

Bead design, molds, production, and firing by Judy Olson Linde and Nels Linde

SHF 2003 - Elemental Magik, Alchemy of Community

Symbols of the four elements surround a pentacle in this bead.

Bead design, production and firing by Nels Linde, molds by Judy Olson Linde,

SHF 2002 - Reclaiming Tribal Wisdom

A stoneware clay bead, with the image of Stonehenge.

Bead design and molds by Karen Fredrickson, production and firing by Nels Linde

Sacred Harvest Festival 2001 ...Rebirth

This was the a hand made bead made for SHF. It was a flat shaped disk impressed with the form of a Venus of Willendorf Goddess. It was red oven fire clay.

Bead design and molds by Karen Fredrickson


Photo by Bead Owner: Robin Grimm


Photo by Bead Owner: Robin Grimm

SHF 2000 - Maidens and Dragons

For this year, a large hand made glass bead was used for the Tribal bead necklaces.

SHF 1999 - Consciously Choosing Community

This was the a hand made bead made for SHF. It was a flat shaped oven fire clay disk impressed with the The Spirit of The Sacred Harvest Festival 1999, the Hunab Ku symbol.


Photo by Bead Owner: Robin Grimm


Photo by Bead Owner: Robin Grimm

SHF 1998 -The First Sacred Harvest Festival

This may be the only surviving bead! A small hand made oven fired bead was used for the Tribal bead necklaces.