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Monroe - Lakota
is 3 1/2", shortest is 2 7/8".
The photo below shows how these pipestone (catlinite) pendants can be worn with a round omega, a leather cord or a chain (not included).
Pipestone pendant worn on a round omega.
Monroe - Lakota
Paula says - "These pendants are made of solid sacred pipestone (catlinite) by fifth generation Lakota pipe maker Alan Monroe (read about Alan). The pipestone was quarried from Alan's claim at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone Minnesota. The stone has been hand cut, shaped, then buffed and polished to a high gloss with beeswax. Each pendant has been hand etched by Alan - each is unique, no two are alike."
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.
About Bear Spirit
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.
About Alan Monroe
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