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Signed & Hand-Painted Buffalo Jaw Bone
Bear Paw / Ceremonial / Pau Wau/ Hand Piece / War Piece


Symbol of Buffalo and Bear Paw

The American Buffalo according to many Native Nations, is the symbol for the ultimate provider. It roamed the Great Plains and fed many a nation. It is also thought to be a great spiritual protector, bringing nourishment to the body and soul. When a white or albino Buffalo is born, it is thought to bring peace among nations.
The Bear Paw In Native American belief is usually considered a way of call for the power of the animal spirit, or as an indication of the presence of the spirit. It’s a symbol represents inner strength. Mona has made this piece from a dream and felt the beholder would be given great spiritual strength. For a collector, it is an amazing article combining many kinds of wildlife into one symbolic piece of art. The Buffalo Bone was found in an area which was originally and Indian Burial Ground in New Mexico about 50 years ago. The dream came to Mona and she knew it was time to pass it's legend on.  

SPECIFIC DETAILS
 This item is not from a Bison or Protected Species Water Buffalo. It is from a Northern American Buffalo. It measures 17-1/2" in length. It is 9" tall (laying on end).
This item was made entirely by hand, including the hunting, skinning, scraping and tanning of the deer skin & the extraction and preparation of the sinew. As said above, the bone itself is very old. It is from a Northern Buffalo which does not explain it's presence in an Indian Burial Ground in New Mexico. It may be that it was used among the Aztec Indian tribes who had originally settled there. The may have been a Buffalo that was originally hunted in Oklahoma as well. It has a hand-painted image of a Buffalo on one side and image of a Bear Paw on the other. It is wrapped with buckskin to create a handle and tied with sinew. The three burn marks on the buckskin handle are one of the trademarks that Mona puts on her work if she does not actually sign it to indicate it's authenticity. It can be signed before shipment upon request. The end has Rooster Hackle feathers and a lock of her own hair. The trim is made from glass crow and pony beads with a 1-1/2" bone hair pipe bead. They are threaded on natural sinew. The end of the handle is also trimmed in native red trim and wrapped with strands of leather.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST
 Mona has proudly served many Native American Tribes for over 40 years. Descended from the Mikasuki Indian Tribe herself, she created wonderful works of art using only the finest natural material from our Mother Earth. She has been painting with feathers since childhood. In her early years, she married an American fur trapper. Together, they have spent a splendid 38 years years building and growing a well-known large store that was originally established North of Kansas City, MO. Because of the quality of their work, they have often been asked to make custom items for various tribes. She and her husband spent many waking hours doing in-depth research into more than 400 tribes. They were determined to learn all that was needed to know in order to create all custom items according specific tribal colors, traditions and guidelines. Every item they created is made with great attention to natural detail. No single item they had ever sold in the store was imported, store bought or made of anything artificial. They hand-prepared/stripped/skinned/plucked all sinew, leather, fur and feathers. They hand carved every single horn pipe bead from bones and horns and antlers. Mona's husband has been a trappers and fur trader for over 35 years. They commercially tan all of their own harvested furs and skins. They used only the fur they handled with their own hands to make their Native American works of Art. They love and live by Native American Tradition and they are happy to make these items available to those who will treasure them as they did.

 

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