I've been painting some large and complicated paintings lately and felt the need to paint something small.
is a beaded amulet that would be worn as a necklace or in the hair. It
could also be attached to a shield or a shirt. The Eagle talons were
used as means to be connected with the eagle who was a messenger to the
This Plains Indian wears eagle feathers in his hair. Why do American Indians wear eagle feathers? The eagle flies high and
is thought to be a messenger from the heavens or a link between the
spirit world and man.The feathers are given to tribal members when
certain deeds, such as bravery, are preformed
leather medicine pouches or amulets were made by the Plains Indians and
worn around the neck or attached to clothing or shields. These bags
could be plain or decorated with beads, shells etc. It's what was inside
the bag that was most important. These small bags would contain
protection, luck, and healing power. Stones, feathers, metal, animals
claws or teeth, and herbs may be placed in these bags. Each was personal
to its owner and would contain items that were significant to the
the not too distant past, before computers and big screen TV's we had
small black and white televisions (or so I've been told). In the
afternoons we watched The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Roy Rogers and a number of
other Western Icons.
And of course we wanted to grow
up to be just like our Western Heroes. The first thing we needed was a
cool outfit complete with hat and a pair of Six Shooters.
This Buckaroo is wearing all the right stuff for an afternoon of fighting the bad guys.
and Eights is known as the Dead Man's Hand in a two-pair poker hand.
The hand gets its name from the legend of it being the five-card-draw
hand held by Wild Bill Hickok at the time of his murder (August 2,
1876). It is accepted that the hand included the aces and eights of both
the black suits. There is still debate about what the 5th card was.
Otter Breastplates were worn by the Plains Indians and were commonly decorated with Trade Mirrors
traders introduced Trade Mirrors to the American Indians in the 17th
century. Reflective surfaces were thought to have mystical powers and
these mirrors were quickly adopted for use as decorative additions to
warbonnets, otter breastplates and bustles, as well as for signaling
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shields of the Plains Indians are prized more for their Spiritual
Protection than for their ability to fend off wounds from weapons. Each
shield is painted and adorned to give the bearer a certain power.
This shield represents the Thunder Being.
The Thunder Beings are spirits or perhaps extraterrestrial visitors
that harbor in the Spring season bringing new growth and abundance but
can also bring lightning and destructive storms.
The designs on this shield are to protect the owner but to send harm (hail and lightning) to the enemy.
This Plains Indian is wearing a scarf slide made of German Silver. When
fur traders first made contact with American Indians they traded small
items in exchange for furs. Silver objects were one of the items that
Eventually, items were made expressly for the purpose of trading. Around
the mid 19th century these items were made from "German Silver", an
inexpensive silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel.