Sunday, February 5, 2017
During our adventures in Nassau, we had some free time to explore and we discovered the Heritage Village Artists' Studios. A two story business features locally made Bahamian crafts. In the open air patio was this beautiful display of unique bottle trees.
According to a placard, bottle trees started in Africa in the 1600's.The lore of the bottles was carried to America during the slave period. It was customary to hang a bottle on branches of trees on burial grounds. The belief was that in the dark of night, evil spirits would enter the bottles and then, during the day the spirits would burn away from the heat of the sun. Blue bottles were thought to be particularly useful. This artwork is the combined effort of the father daughter duo, Robert Russell and Sharon Garzaroli.