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"The War Bonnet Collection ", Series I, Sioux, Precast Bronze Edition/18
In many petroglyphs, the swirl patterns represent the circled migration of Native American tribes to end up where they currently live, metaphor for lifestyle journey.
"In 1868, when the combined tribes of the Lakota wished to recognize Sitting Bull as "head chief", the prominent men of the tribes presented him with an eagle feather bonnet: He was reminded that he must be like the eagle, for the eagle is the chief of all birds, its feathers are the rewards of valor, it flies highest. A chief should study to resemble the eagle. Then they brought out a magnificent war bonnet, with beaded brow band, ermine pendants, and swagger crown of lustrous black and white eagle plumes. This splendid headgear had trailing double tail eagle tail-feathers cascading down the back to drag on the ground. Every feather on the bonnet represented some brave deed, some coup performed by the warrior who had contributed it. It was in fact the symbol of the combined valor of the Northern Teton Sioux, with it Sitting Bull was publicly crowned."
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DOG SOLDIER COLLECTION- DOG SOLDIER VII

Within the Cheyenne tribe there used to be a military society made up of the strongest and bravest men. They were fierce fighters- unyielding. The Calvary called them Dog Soldiers or suicide soldiers. They often acted as rear guards, or sacrificial decoy, so the rest of the tribe could escape. Dog Soldier VII, Limited Edition/20
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PAHOKATAWA LIMITED EDITION/20

When a star falls from the sky It leaves a fiery trail. It does not die. Its shade goes back to its own place to shine again. The Indians sometimes find the small stars where they have fallen in the grass. The Pawnee have a story about a person known as Pahokatawa , who was supposedly killed bu an enemy and eaten by animals, but then brought back to life by gods. He was said to have come to Earth as a meteor and told the people that when meteors were seen falling in great numbers it was not a sign that the world would end. When the Pawnee tribe witnessed the time" the stars fell upon the earth," which was in 1833, there was a panic, but the leader of the tribe spoke up and said, "Remember the words of Pahokatawa" and the people were no longer afraid.
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RAVEN HOLY MAN LIMITED EDITION/ 20

The Sioux tell the story of how a white raven used to warn buffalo of approaching hunting parties. The buffalo would then stampede, and the hunters would be left hungry. Eventually, an angry shaman threw the bird into the fire which turned it black. Often honored among medicine & holy men of tribes for its shape-shifting qualities, the Raven was called upon in ritual so that visions could be clarified. A Native holy men understood that what the physical eye sees, is not necessarily the truth, and he would call upon the Raven for clarity in these matters. Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos. A Messages that are beyond space and time are nested in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.
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Come join the fun in Montana!
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PAHOKATAWA LIMITED EDITION/20
When a star falls from the sky It leaves a fiery trail. It does not die. Its shade goes back to its own place to shine again. The Indians sometimes find the small stars where they have fallen in the grass. The Pawnee have a story about a person known as Pahokatawa , who was supposedly killed bu an enemy and eaten by animals, but then brought back to life by gods. He was said to have come to Earth as a meteor and told the people that when meteors were seen falling in great numbers it was not a sign that the world would end. When the Pawnee tribe witnessed the time" the stars fell upon the earth," which was in 1833, there was a panic, but the leader of the tribe spoke up and said, "Remember the words of Pahokatawa" and the people were no longer afraid.
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Ready for the foundry...precast bronze "Little Willow", limited edition/10
"Little Willow", or willow tree, young one on the family tree...
To the Arapho tribe, the willow tree was a symbol of long levity.
The willow also symbolizes inner wisdom, an open mind with the stability and strength of age and experience...
#spiritsbycindyjo #claytobronze #westernartcollector #designer #sculpt #cindyjo #foundry #child #Arapho #willow #tree #branch #openmind
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