Lona Warne currently lives in Farmington, New Mexico and has been making gourd art for 30 years. She studied under Robert Rivera for two years. This piece represents various aspects of Native American Indian tribes that are combined into one piece. There are seven individual gourd pieces that are adorned with paint, feathers, buckskin, beads and shells. This pieces has some influence from Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo tribes. They are bound by a pole that is drilled into a petrified wood and stands as a totem pole. The totem pole idea may come from Alaskan tribes where they carve their clans into a pole like this to reflect their origin. A beautiful piece to add to your collection.