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Paula says - "Each of these beautiful unique necklaces contains a pendant made from sacred pipestone (catlinite) that is mined by the artist himself. Each pendant has an authentic Buffalo / Indian Head Nickel inset in the stone. The necklace is made of soft deerskin with high quality glass crow beads, brass beads and bone hair pipe beads. A Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request."
About Alan Monroe - Lakota
Alan Monroe 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 pipe maker and considered by many to be a 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. Al Monroe's work can be seen in many galleries and museums across the country and he has won many awards. Al 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.
Buffalo or Bison?
Because North American bison resembled old world (Asian and African) buffalo, early explorers and settlers called them buffalo, and the name stuck. Although it is a misnomer, the name buffalo is still used interchangeably with bison. One of the physical differences between the old world buffalo and the American bison is the large shoulder hump of the bison. This hump, along with a broad, massive head, short, thick neck and small hindquarters give the animal its rugged appearance.
The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel was a copper-nickel five-cent piece (75% copper and 25% nickel ) struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser.
In a 1947 radio interview, Fraser discussed his design: "Well, when I was asked to do a nickel, I felt I wanted to do something totally Americana coin that could not be mistaken for any other country's coin. It occurred to me that the buffalo, as part of our western background, was 100% American, and that our North American Indian fitted into the picture perfectly."
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
The quarries located at Pipestone National Monument are considered sacred to many Native American people. Read more about Sacred Red Pipestone from Minnesota.