Alan Monroe, Lakota
Use a Bison Spirit Totem as a personal fetish, pendant, or hang from vehicle mirror, door knob or on the wall or Christmas tree. A unique gift.
bison is 3" from head to tail
The painted bison are made from soft deer leather, stuffed with South Dakota sage and hand stitched. They are hand painted with the same design on both sides using acrylic paint. Embellished with high quality glass crow beads, brass beads and brass cones.
Bison #SPB-73 is made from real bison hide with the hair on and stuffed with bison fur.
(ONLY ONE EACH DESIGN AVAILABLE)
Native Americans use sage for smudging ceremonies and worn in bags around the neck. They believe sage would drive off negative energies, spirits and influences and protect them from all that is negative in spirit.
The sage is native to South Dakota where Alan Monroe lives. He collects it, strips it and packs the totems very full and tight so that they retain their shape for generations.
The majestic animals that roamed the US plains by the millions were American bison or Plains bison. There are also similar bison that free range in Poland and other European countries. Bison have large humps at their shoulders, massive heads, beards and thick winter coats that they shed in the spring.
Bison are often erroneously called buffalo. In 1913 the Buffalo nickel (AKA Indian Head nickel) was struck. The coin's designer, James Earle Fraser, said he wanted to use a symbol of the American west and felt that "a North American Indian and a buffalo fitted into the picture perfectly." Technically, it should be called the bison nickel.
Buffalo live in South Asia (Water Buffalo) or Africa (Cape Buffalo). Buffalo have smooth, thin hair coats, no hump, no beard and have smaller heads but larger horns than a bison.
About Bison Spirit Medicine
Bison 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 appearance of Bison is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. Bison signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness.The medicine of Bison is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Bison 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.
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.