Lakota Medicine Wheel Feather Hair Ties
Alan Monroe - Lakota
The item you receive will vary slightly from the one pictured.
These hand painted "eagle" feathers are made of turkey feathers by Alan Monroe of Hot Spring, South Dakota. The medicine wheels are wrapped in authentic porcupine quills.
Feather hair ties are traditionally worn by Native American dancers but you can use them in a variety of ways:
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.
quill work is one of the oldest and fastest disappearing Native American art
forms. The Great Lakes and Plains Indians lived in the range of the porcupine
and utilized the quills to decorate moccasins, sheaths, baskets, pipe stems and
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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