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These bracelets are made of solid sacred catlinite (pipestone) that was mined from Alan Monroe's mine at the national monument and shrine located in Pipestone Minnesota.
Paula says - "I treasure the wonderful bangle bracelet Alan Monroe sent me and asked him if he would make a few for our web store. He told me that the large piece of stone it requires to make one bracelet would be enough to make 3 pipe bowls. The very best catlinite (pipestone) must be used and much stone must be sacrificed to make the perfect circle. So these bracelets are unique treasures."
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.