Native American Lakota Bear Carving

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"Medicine Bear"
Alan Monroe - Lakota Bear Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

Material
pipestone, Read about stones;
cedar wood
Size
2" tall
2 3/4" x 3 1/4" base
Hallmarks
none
Artist
Alan Monroe, Lakota

About Native American authenticity.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

There is a medicine wheel / four directions symbol on both sides of the bear.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

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"Medicine Bear"
Alan Monroe - Lakota
Pipestone Bear Carving

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Paula says - "Alan Monroe is one of our favorite artists. This magnificent bear was sculpted from pipestone Al quarried from his own mine near Pipestone, Minnesota.

"A Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request."

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

Felt buttons on bottom of cedar base.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone by Lakota Alan Monroe

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Read more about fetishes.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

MEDICINE WHEEL - The Medicine Wheel is an integral part of American Indian Spirituality. It is based on the four cardinal directions and the four sacred colors. The circle represents life and the four colors symbolize the four directions, the four races, the four seasons and the four Lakota virtues of generosity, bravery, fortitude, and wisdom. At the center of the circle is the eternal fire from which everything originates and everything returns.. Read more about Four Colors Medicine Wheel.


Pipestone

In 1836 George Catlin, American artist and writer, visited the Sioux Indiana in the upper midwest and collected samples of a red stone for analysis. The stone, which Native Americans used for making pipes, was subsequently named Catlinite in George Catlin's honor. Pipestone National Monument, a 282 acre area near Pipestone, Minnesota, was established in 1937. It is legally quarried only by American Indians. Read about stones

Alan Monroe, Lakota

Alan Monroe was born in Hot Springs , South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied business and art in Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota. Alan creates his Northern Plains artwork from hides, stone, leather, and wood. He learned the basics of quill working, weaponry, sculpting and pipe making from traditional and contemporary artisans in his family circle. He is a fifth generation master pipe maker. In his sculptures, Monroe works with a variety of materials such as pipestone, bone, wood and alabaster. He creates small objects like fetishes to large pieces than can weigh hundreds of pounds. Monroe's work can be seen in many galleries and museums across the country and he has won many awards. About Lakota Sioux

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