Hidden inside the completed product is a globe, otherwise known as an Anasází ashes pot, Spirit Pot or Mother Earth Vessel. In the creation tradition of the Pueblo and Hopi people, explained to me by Joe Garcia, former President of National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), all creatures emerged from Mother Earth through a hole through which the spirit returns after physical death. The pot representing Mother Earth (which is full of ashes) resides inside the French Bread Basket and is covered in flowers.
The Mother Earth Vessel is usually white, representing the purity of birth and the afterlife; but the vessel can be in any color and is about 6″ in diameter and 4 1/2″ tall. The exact size can also be adjusted. This will not impact the leaves and flowers placed around the final competed product, but if needed, the urn is elongated to accomodate larger amounts of ashes, for example for a horse.
Mother Earth Vessel