Dan Townsend Shellcarver
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   Dan Townsend –Shellcarver

For nearly 25 years, artisan Dan Townsend has been following in the footsteps of his ancestors by carving ancient Southeastern designs and symbols on shell.

As a young boy growing up in the Florida Keys and the Everglades, he watched his grandmother draw, paint, sew and crochet . He listened to his grandfather tell stories.

Today, Dan Townsend has created hundreds of unique replicas and personal interpretations of Native American design that are based on artifacts such as ornaments and ceremonial objects that have survived the ravages of time in the Southeast.

His carved medicine cups, gorgets (or pendants) and earrings are used in American Indian ceremonies, displayed in museums and worn by people all over the world. Anthropologists and archaeologists have singled his work out for praise for its artistic,academic and educational merits.

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