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#FT286 - $45 SOLD
Paula says - "A solitary buffalo on his own piece of the Great Plains. This unique buffalo design was created by Alan Monroe, on of our favorite artists."
Dime above show scale of buffalo.
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. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.
BUFFALO MEDICINE - Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for Indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The Medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life. The appearance of Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored.
PIPESTONE, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones
Alan Monroe - Oglala 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.