This emblem symbolizes the core of Tonkiri
, a centre being developed in Manitoba, Canada which works with and in the tradition of Maestro Juan Flores, the Asháninka shaman from the Peruvian Amazon at the helm of Mayantuyacu
. (Tonkiri means hummingbird.)
This woodcut print was hand carved, inked and turned through my traditional etching press. The petals on the turtle’s back were hand painted with watercolors. Mapacho (sacred tobacco) was smoked before editioning and the ink was infused with its smoke and blended with its ash as well. The completed edition is to be further blessed with an icaro and soplado performed by ayahuasquero, Jim Sanders. The edition is limited to 25 prints which are available for purchase ($25) here at my store. (Edit: Sold out)
Below are a few process shots. To see a quick video of my printing process, click here.