“Buffalo Spirit” Shield

Published on July 30, 2013 by Amy

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Buffalo Spirit Shield
Buffalo Spirit Shield

For thousands of years, the Plains Indians lived well because of the Great American Bison. Some tribes paid homage to the buffalo as a Nation and thanked the buffalo for all it provided.

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Jim creates a 2-cover shield with deer rawhide and deer leather for the soft cover. The rawhide is stretched across a wooden hoop and an image is painted onto it. The image is known only to the artist and the owner of this shield. The soft leather cover is painted and adorned with beads, leather dangles, beads and brass cones.

The amulet at the center of the shield is created using buffalo fur for the head, shoulders and front legs. The head, eyes and mouth are edged with glass beads and the horns are created with coyote claws. The body is made from more deer rawhide and beaded with glass beads, brass bells, brass cones and small imitation feathers.

The amulet is finished off with a quill wrapped dangle, glass bead, brass cone and imitation eagle fluff.

Source: prairieedge

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