This is Jistu. Jistu is Cherokee for rabbit. The word is also 'Jistu.' I made this little carving for the tiny bunny print exchange of 2016/17 facilitated by Lisa Hasegawa and Yuka Petz.
They put out a call for an edition of 20 tiny prints (3" x 4.5") with a bunny in it. This was my response.
For me it is important to bring other languages into the mainstream world of letterpress printing in the U.S. - and because I am part Cherokee, I choose Cherokee.
One of my favorite things about this cut is the word 'goodluck' in the upper left corner. Because I can't throw anything away, I pulled out a tiny pile of trim from a poetry book I printed more than 20 years ago, which had this poem ending with the word 'goodluck.' I was only using this paper to proof the cut, but was intrigued by the unintentional narrative the word created next to Jistu. The red diamond was also previously printed.