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Native American Shield/Ornament - Buffalo Shield


The shield of buffalo hide, carried by most Plains warriors, was valued more for its medicine power and spiritual protection it gave the owner than for its practical use in warding off arrows and spear thrusts. To the man who carried one, it was considered his most sacred possession. The medicine power was contained in the designs painted on it and its other decorations. The designes were received in dreams along with the ceremonies and taboos connected with the shield.

These mini shields are handmade and painted on genuine leather by Middle Waters, producers of Native American Ornaments and Collectibles. Each shield comes with a legend explaining the meaning of the design.

Buffalo Shield
Since the buffalo were vital to the survival of the Plains Indian tribes, this shield projected special medicine to assure productive hunts. The buffalo face symbol asks the sprit of the buffalo to be along on all hunts. The four stripes represent an abundance of buffalo, as well as, respect for the four cardinal directions. The yellow design around the edge represents Paha Sapa, the Black Hills of South Dakota, a sacred place where the Great Spirit provides for his people.

Size: 3 inches. USA made. South Dakota. Non-native made.

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  • Model: 2340
  • 4 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 26 January, 2012.