Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo have a long history together. Buffalo, or the American Bison, has played an essential role in the survival and culture of the Native Americans who lived in the Plains region of what is now the United States, and parts of southern Canada.  Buffalo once roamed the Plains in innumerable herds until the middle of the 19th century. Incursions by white settlers and the arrival of the railroad severely depleted the number of Buffalo living on the Plains.  Native Americans use of every part of a Buffalo for food, clothing, tools, fuel and utensils. Continue reading Native Americans and Buffalo

Buffalo Bladder Pouch

Buffalo Bladder Pouch
Buffalo/Bison Bladder Pouch

Our Buffalo Bladder Pouch comes ready to use!  Native American women of the Plains used Buffalo Bladders to hold a variety of things, including their porcupine quills.

Our Buffalo Bladder Pouches are made from natural Buffalo Bladders that have been flattened. Each Pouch has Leather ends and a Leather  ‘pincushion’. The pincushion comes with porky quills already in place!

Each Pouch measures approx. 10″ long.

Buffalo Bladders are a natural product, so expect variations.

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For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Buffalo and the Indian HERE!

Buffalo Bladder Inflated

Buffalo Bladder Inflated
Buffalo/ Bison  Bladder Inflated

Native Americans historically dried and inflated Buffalo Bladders for use as containers. Native Americans used them to hold water.  They also turned Buffalo Bladders into bags. This photo shows an example of a Buffalo Bladder bag.

Natives also flattened Buffalo Bladders for women to hold their Porcupine Quills for crafting.

Our Buffalo Bladders are a natural product, so each one is unique. You will find them useful for displays and exhibits of items that were used by Native Americans of the Plains.  You can also use Buffalo Bladders to make your own Porcupine Needle Pouch.

Each Bladder measures approx. 8″ long.

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Whole Buffalo Tail Braintanned

Buffalo Tail
Buffalo/ Bison  Tail

We offer Whole Braintanned  Buffalo Tail for craft work and utensils.  Native Americans used Buffalo Tails as hair ornaments and fly swatters. In addition, they used tails as decorations for tipi poles and clubs.

Because Buffalo Tails are natural products, they will vary.

Our Buffalo Tails measure approx. 24″ long.

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For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Buffalo and the Indian HERE!

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

Buffalo Horn Hairpipe
Buffalo Horn Hairpipe

We import our Buffalo Horn Hairpipe from India. The polished natural black horn looks great in chokers, breastplates, necklaces and other items.  Because these are a natural product, the width may vary.

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Amber Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Horn Hairpipe is available in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

You can purchase Buffalo Horn Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

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Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads
Buffalo Horn Beads

Buffalo Horn Beads offer a natural black bead option to your crafting projects.

Use Buffalo Horn Beads for necklaces, chokers, breastplates and more.

Buffalo Horn Beads come in 3 sizes:

  • 6 mm
  • 8 mm
  • 10 mm

We sell these Beads in packages of 100 beads.

You may also like our natural Bone Beads!

Club Burl with Buffalo Fur

club burl with buffalo fur
Club Burl with Buffalo Fur

Native Americans sought out young trees to use their root ends to make clubs. This club burl with buffalo fur comes from a natural tree with a small burl at the root.  The burl looks similar to a face with holes for eyes, a carved mouth, brass spot nose and buffalo hair attached to the top.

The handle has a hole drilled through the handle to add a carrying strap. A previous owner added some red and green coloring.

This club is lightweight. You will find it the perfect accessory because it doesn’t weigh much!

This Club measures approximately 20″ long and just 5″ wide at the widest point across the top.

One of a Kind!

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Buffalo Sinew – Real

Buffalo Sinew - Real
Buffalo / Bison Sinew – Real

Real Buffalo Backstrap Sinew. You will find this great for quality craft projects when nylon will just not work.

Real Sinew is a must for restoration projects.

These Strips vary in width but average 21 to 30″ long.  This is a natural product, so expect variation.

We also offer Real Deer Sinew.

Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Choker - Bone or Buffalo Horn
Three Row Choker – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Chokers here at the shop.  We use soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1″ Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Each Three Row Choker measures approximately 13″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.

Choose from four color combinations:

  • White Bone Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • White Bone Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Red Tile Beads
  • Black Horn Hairpipe with Blue Tile Beads

We will add a complementary second Tile Bead color.

Custom made items require time to make! Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.

You may also like our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets!

Buffalo Horn Tubes

Buffalo Horn Tubes
Buffalo Horn Tubes

We import our Buffalo Horn Tubes from India.  The Natural Black Horn offer a subtle look to your chokers, jewelry and other Regalia accessories.  Try our Horn Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Bone Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Horn Tubes.

We offer Horn Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Horn Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Cedar Flute Buffalo Effigy

Cedar Flute Buffalo Effigy
Cedar Flute Buffalo Effigy

Navajo Flute Maker Jonah Thompson fashions our Buffalo Effigy Cedar Flutes by hand. Each Flute comes with a printed booklet that discusses the significance of the Native American Flute. You will also learn how to play and care for your Cedar Flute. The booklet includes diagrammed music for short musical pieces you can learn to play.

Cedar Flutes represent a beautiful combination of form and function. You will find it a pleasure to hold and play. Cedar Flutes are very lightweight, and require minimal effort to make a pleasing sound.

These Cedar Flutes measure 20.5″ long.  Colors may vary from the photo.

Native American Flutes are based on the pentatonic scale (5 note scale). Our Cedar Flutes are F Sharp.

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Read the Denver Art Museum leaflet Indian Musical and Noise-Making Instruments

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Horn Choker

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

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Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

Three Row Bracelet - Bone or Buffalo Horn
Three Row Bracelet – Bone or Buffalo Horn

We make our Three Row Hairpipe Bracelets here at the shop. We make each Three Row Bracelet with soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, 1/2″ Bone Hairpipe or Horn Hairpipe, Nickel Beads and glass Tile Beads.

Our Three Row Bracelets measure approx. 7″ long. You can adjust the fit with the Crow Bead closure.

Choose Horn (Black) or Bone (White). Choose Blue or Red Tile Beads.

You may also like our complementary Three Row Hairpipe Chokers!

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Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

horn choker
Choker Kit – Horn Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

The Buffalo Horn Choker Kit includes 1.5″ Buffalo Horn Hairpipe, Nickel-Plated Beads, our Leather Choker Spacers, Deerskin Leather Lacing, Imitation Sinew, 2 Metal Feathers, 1 Abalone Concho, and Illustrated Instructions.

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Blanket Strip On 12 foot Blanket – Half Price!

Blanket Strip On 12 foot Blanket
Blanket Strip On 12 foot Blanket

This 12′ long Beaded Blanket Strip will make a superb addition to your collection!  It consists of 2 Broadcloth Blankets, each 6′ long, sewn together with an 8′ long Beaded strip.

The crafter sewed a Red and a Navy Blue 8 band Broadcloth blanket together to create a 12′ long blanket.  Then he created the 8′ long Strip featuring three 9.5″ Rosettes with White, Turquoise and Red Seed Beads using Lazy Stitch on a separate backing.  He then sewed the entire Strip to the Blanket (twice).  The crafter added the Turquoise edge beading to the Strip after he sewed it to the Blanket.

To the bottom edge of the Blanket, the crafter created a beaded rolled edge with multi-colored Seed Beads.  The center colors attempt to match the stripes of the Broadcloth. At one end, he beaded the initials JBH in Red Seed Beads.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. They often cut Buffalo hides in half when they tanned them.  So Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when a Braintanned Buffalo Hide was sewn back together. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

This Blanket measures 12′ x 5′ 9″ overall.  The Beaded  Strip measures 8′ long x 7.5″ wide.  The Rosettes measure 9.5″ in diameter.

You will find this Blanket Strip in good condition.

One of a Kind!

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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet North American Plains Indians Hide Dressing and Bead Sewing Techniques.

The Great Race of the Birds and Animals

The Great Race of the Birds and Animals
The Great Race of the Birds and Animals

By Paul Goble. Softcover. 32 pgs.

The Creator decreed that a contest be held between all the two-legged and four-legged creatures. Who would win, thundering Buffalo or fleet-footed Man?

The winner was decided long ago, in Sioux and Cheyenne legend. Buffalo lost and agreed to give up eating men, and Man became the guardian of the natural world.

ISBN 9780689714528

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Life in a Plains Camp

Life in a Plains Camp
Life in a Plains Camp

By Bobbie Kalman. Softcover. 32 pgs.

Designed for younger readers, this book describes nomadic communities who followed the buffalo. Learn about how they set up tipis, skinned and tanned buffalo, made clothing and much more.

Color illustrations.

ISBN 0-7787-0461-0

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Plastic Hairpipe

Plastic Hairpipe
Plastic Hairpipe

You will find Plastic Hairpipe an economical alternative to Bone or other types of Hairpipe.  The 4″ size makes a good alternative for large breastplates because it makes them much lighter.

Plastic Hairpipe is wider and lighter than Bone or Buffalo hairpipe.  That makes it popular for children’s crafts and regalia.

We offer Plastic Hairpipe in 6 sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 3″
  • 4″

We sell this Hairpipe in packages of 100 pieces.

You may also like Bone Hairpipe or Buffalo Horn Hairpipe!

Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe
Choker Kit – Bone Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each kit includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Each Kit comes with 1.5″ Bone Hairpipe, Imitation Sinew, Choker Spacers, a Needle, Deerskin Leather Lacing, an Abalone Concho and Beads.

Choose from:

  • Bone Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Bone Hairpipe with Glass Bead

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Beaded Dance Set Youth

Beaded Dance Set Youth
Beaded Dance Set Youth

This Beaded Dance Set features a Buffalo design on Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  It comes complete with Moccasins, Yoke, Cuffs, Leggins, Belt and Hair Wraps.  The beadwork remains bright.

  • Moccasins  9.5″ long x 3.5″.  Both have been patched
  • Cuffs 6″ x 3.75″ with 5″ long Fringe. Pink fabric backing.  Some bead loss on both.
  • Braid Wraps 8.5″ long.  Width 1.75″ – 3.75″ . 4″ long Fringe. Minor bead loss.
  • Yoke 11.5″ at widest point.  Hangs about 8″  front and back. Lined with Pink fabric.  9″ long Fringe.
  • Leggins 10″ long  11.5″ wide at top (when opened) 5″ wide at the bottom when closed.  Lined with Pink Fabric.  Zippered sides.  Someone added 1.5″ gussets to the bottom to make the bottom wider.  Noticeable bead loss on one of them.
  • Belt 27″ long x 4.75″ wide.  Lined with Pink Fabric.  Three metal hook closures at the end.  Some bead loss.

A previous owner wore this set and it shows soiling and bead loss as indicated above. The fabric linings show soiling.  The Moccasins will need new soles in order to wear them.

We are selling this set as pictured. One of a Kind!

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World Best Grass Dance Songs

World Best Grass Dance Songs
World Best Grass Dance Songs

The World’s Best Grass Dance Songs, Volume One features Native American Grass Dance Songs from 12 notable Drums including, Northern Wind, Whitefish Bay, Smokeytown and more!

Drum List:

  1. Blacklodge
  2. Grey Buffalo
  3. Little Island Cree
  4. Northern Wind
  5. White Eagle
  6. Seekascootch
  7. Whitefish Bay
  8. Smokeytown
  9. Whirlwind
  10. Red Hawk
  11. Eagles Singing
  12. Wisconsin Dells

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Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles
Deer Bone Needles

We have several packages of natural Deer Bone Needles available. Our crafter made them from Deer leg bones.  Each comes with a hole in the top for your Thread, Sinew or Lacing. You can use these natural Needles to sew Leather (punch holes with an Awl first) with Leather Lacing.  They will also be a nice addition to a display of historical tools for Living History Events and educational programs.

Historically, Native Americans used Bone Needles to sew Clothing, Nets, Mats and Baskets.  They have used the bones of several animals, including Deer, Buffalo and Elk to make Needles and other tools.

Many of these Needles measure about 3″ long. Some will be smaller. They are a natural product, so expect variations in size and color.

We sell these in packages of 3.  Limited Quantities!

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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet North American Plains Indians Hide Dressing and Bead Sewing Techniques.

 

Animal Energies – EXPANDED EDITION!

Animal Energies -  EXPANDED EDITION!
Animal Energies – EXPANDED EDITION!

Interpreting the Messages and Warnings of Animals. By Gary Buffalo Horn Man and Sherry Firedancer. Softcover. 304 pgs.

You do not want to miss the new edition of Animal Energies! You will find color photographs and expanded descriptions of the habits and behaviors of 60 animals. Discussions of smudging and the vision quest enhance the overall message of what we can learn from our animal brothers.

ISBN 9781632204516

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Gift of the Sacred Dog

Gift of the Sacred Dog
Gift of the Sacred Dog

By Paul Goble. Softcover. 32 pgs.

In response to an Indian boy’s prayers to help his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs (horses), which enables the tribe to hunt for buffalo faster and further afield. 1979 Winner of the Caldecott Medal and a Reading Rainbow feature selection.

ISBN 9780020432807

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Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins
Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins are brightly enameled pins with a straight tack back.  Attach them to caps, jackets, bags, leather pouches . . .   just about anywhere!

Our Pins are available in ten exclusive designs. We offer popular motifs and designs so there is a style for everyone! Each measures about 1″.

Buy 4 or more for $1.99 each!

  • Buffalo
  • Eagle
  • Turtle with the Tree of Life on his back
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Hiawatha Wampum Belt
  • Eagle Feather
  • Bear Paw
  • Howling Wolf
  • Warrior

The Fleur de Lis  pin will appeal to French & Indian War re-enactors.

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Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Choker Kit - Bone Hairpipe
Choker Kit – Plastic Hairpipe

Our Choker Kits come in five styles. Each includes everything you need to make your own Hairpipe Choker.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads can be worn with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Choose from:

  • Plastic Hairpipe with Brass Beads
  • Plastic Hairpipe with Glass Beads

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Blanket Strip – Dark Red

Blanket Strip - Dark Red
Blanket Strip – Dark Red

This Blanket Strip – Dark Red comes with gorgeous Pony Bead Rosettes. Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this Blanket Strip with Dark Red wool.  He beaded the strip and Rosettes on Braintanned Deerskin Leather. Twisted Braintanned Deerskin tassels hang from the center of each of the four Rosettes. White Center Red Crow Beads decorate each tassel.

Andy beaded this strip with 8/0 Pony Beads. For the rosettes he used Reproduction White Center Cranberry, Pony Trader Blue, Mustard, Cobalt Blue and White Pony beads. He composed the remainder of the strip with 7 rows of lazy stitch beaded with 8/0 Pony Beads in Pony Trader Blue, Cobalt Blue, and White.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

The beaded portion of this Blanket Strip measures 56″ long. It includes a total of 4 rosettes, each measuring 7.5″ in diameter. The blanket itself measures approximately 65″ x 45″.

One of a Kind!

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Native American Gardening

Native American Gardening
Native American Gardening

Buffalobird-Woman’s Guide to Traditional Methods. By Gilbert L. Wilson. 129 pgs. Softcover.

Native American Gardening is a reprint of an early 20th century study. Wilson reviews Hidatsa Indian horticultural practices from that time. The book includes planting and harvesting plants. Then it moves to food preparation and preservation. It also covers making other items from agricultural products.

Black & white illustrations and photographs.

ISBN 0486440214

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Bone Tubes

Bone Tubes
Bone Tubes

Our Bone Tubes have straight edges are made with good quality real bone. Their Ivory color makes them perfect to make chokers, bracelets, and other jewelry. Try these natural colored Tubes to achieve an older style look to your accessories.

You may also want to try our Buffalo Horn Tubes.  They come in the same sizes as the Bone Tubes.

We offer these Tubes in three popular sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase Bone Tubes in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Bone Hairpipe

Bone Hairpipe -
Bone Hairpipe

The Wandering Bull offers top quality real Bone Hairpipe with uniform widths, holes and smoothness! They come with 2 mm holes. Therefore, you will find them ready to use for chokers, breastplates, necklaces and more!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice. Bone Pipe Stems from corn cob pipes were even made into Hairpipe! Breastplates became symbols of status and Necklaces and Bandoleers gained in popularity during the Reservation period.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Choose from 7 sizes

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″
  • 2″
  • 2.5″
  • 3″
  • 4″

Purchase your hairpipe in 25 count, 100 count or 1000 count packages. Quantity discounts apply to packages of 10 or more of the 100 count packages.

Red Amber Hairpipe

Red Amber Hairpipe
Red Amber Hairpipe

Make a striking choker or bracelet with these Red Amber Hairpipe! Natural Horn Red Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Red colored Amber Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

 

Amber Hairpipe

Amber Hairpipe
Amber Hairpipe

When you are looking for a new take on an old favorite, try Amber Hairpipe!  Natural Horn Amber colored Hairpipe looks slightly translucent. Because it is a natural product, shading varies. Make sure that you order enough to complete your project.  We can not guarantee that the shades will match with the next lot!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Red Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Ultra Thin Hairpipe, Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

Amber Hairpipe comes in three sizes:

  • 0.5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″ sizes.

You can purchase them in packages of 25 pieces, estimated 100  pieces or estimated 1000 pieces.

 

Bolo Tie Beverly Etsate Kachina

Bolo Tie Beverly Etsate Kachina a
Bolo Tie Beverly Etsate Kachina

This vintage Sterling Silver Beverly Etsate Kachina Bolo Tie is in beautiful condition! Zuni artist Beverly Etsate is a renowned jewelry maker and her work is collected worldwide. This piece features a Buffalo Kachina inlay on the slide with matching tips and is made with Mother of Pearl, Turquoise, Coral, Black Onyx and Sterling Silver. You will find her signature on the back of the slide and on both of the tips. The sterling silver has beautiful stamped scroll work around the edges of all three pieces.

The slide measures 4″ long and 2″ wide. The ends of the braided leather have 2″ sterling silver cones and dangling 1″ matching inlaid ornaments.

Beverly Etsate is the daughter of  Zuni artists Rosalie and Augustine Pinto. For the past 40 years she has continued their tradition of making inlaid jewelry in the same style as her elders. Some of her favorite designs are kachinas, mudheads and bears.

One of a Kind!

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Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe
Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe

This elegant Ultra Thin Bone Hairpipe gives a very different look to chokers and jewelry. You will find it delicate enough for you to make earrings with it!

Native Americans first used “Hairpipes” made from shells or bird bones as simple ear ornaments or hair ornaments.  Later, they made hairpipes into necklaces, chokers and most strikingly, into Breastplates.  In the later 19th century, Bone Hairpipe became the material of choice.

Today, we offer Hairpipe in several materials besides Bone. Buffalo Horn Hairpipe and Amber Hairpipe remain popular. Additionally we sell Burnished Hairpipe and Antiqued Hairpipe.  You can create chokers, bracelets, necklaces and breastplates in a variety of colors and looks.

We carry Ultra Thin Hairpipe in three sizes:

  • .5″
  • 1″
  • 1.5″

You can purchase these Hairpipe in packages of 25 pieces, 100 pieces or 1000 pieces.

Sweetgrass

sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass, Hierochloe Odorata, is a beautiful sacred plant growing in the northern half of the U.S., up to the arctic circle. Sometimes called Buffalo Grass or Vanilla Grass, it spreads by underground rhizomes and prefers damp lowland areas. Because of its connection to water and its sweet smell it is considered feminine. People use it for ceremonies and healing along with sage and cedar. Continue reading Sweetgrass

World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2

World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2
World Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol #2

World’s Best Fancy Dance Songs Vol. 2 features a selection of women’s Native American Fancy Dance songs.

Put on your Fancy Shawls!  You’ll be ready to dance after listening to this CD!

Song List:

  1. Woman’s Fancy    –    Blacklodge Singers
  2. Woman’s Fancy    –     Little Island Cree Singers
  3. Fancy Dance          –    Grey Buffalo Singers
  4. Woman’s Fancy    –     Ya-iyo-waza Singers
  5. Woman’s Fancy    –     Smokey Valley Singers
  6. Woman’s Fancy    –     Echo Sky Singers
  7. Woman’s Fancy    –     Circle Strong Singers
  8. Woman’s Fancy    –     Northern Wind Singers
  9. Woman’s Fancy    –     Red Scaffold Singers
  10. Woman’s Fancy    –     Four Little Feather Singers
  11. Woman’s Fancy    –     Northern Wind Singers
  12. Fancy Shawl          –     Red Hawk Singers
  13. Woman’s Fancy    –     Brown Eagle Singers
  14. Woman’s Fancy    –     Eagle Claw Singers
  15. Woman’s Fancy    –     Whitefish Bay Singers
  16. Ladies Fancy         –     Seekaskootch Singers

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Powder Horn with strap

Powder Horn with strap
Powder Horn with Strap

Our stock Powder Horn with strap comes ready to use!  Polished natural cow horn includes a groove to hold the strap. Living History Re-enactors wear Powder Horns as an accessory. Native American dancers can wear them as part of their Native American Regalia.

Our Powder Horn includes a wooden stopper and a wooden base and a woven strap.

Powder horns are containers that hold gunpowder. Historically, soldiers made Powder Horns from cows, oxen or buffalo horns. Natural horn has the advantage of being waterproof and already hollow inside. Stoppers of wood or bone or horn were placed at each end of the horn. A soldier filled the horn with gunpowder at the large end, and dispensed powder from the smaller end.
Soldiers sometimes decorated their Powder Horns with carvings or inlays. They usually carried them with a long strap over their shoulder.

The Wandering Bull offers Powder Horns as collectible items. Living History Re-enactors also use Powder Horns as part of their kit.  You can choose from our standard stock Powder Horn or one of the One of a Kind horns that we acquire from other collectors.

Colors and curvature of each Powder Horn will vary.  Our stock Powder Horns measure approx 12″ long.

Shop for more Living History Supplies! You will find Cartridge Papers, Tomahawks, and Reproduction tableware.

Real Animal Sinew and Imitation Sinew

Real Sinew and Imitation Sinew

What Is Real Animal Sinew?

Sinew is a fibrous band of tissue also known as a tendon. Tendons connect muscles to bones in animals. These fibers have been used by many pre-industrial societies because they are strong and durable. Real animal sinew has unique properties which make it an excellent material for sewing and binding. It contains natural proteins that act like glue and it shrinks as it dries, so it doesn’t need to be knotted. Continue reading Real Animal Sinew and Imitation Sinew

Lazy Stitch Beading Instructions

Lazy Stitch

Lazy Stitch Beading Instructions

About Lazy Stitch:

Native Americans of the Plains commonly use Lazy Stitch to create beaded designs on clothing and accessories. Instead of creating a Loomwork Strip that you later attach to the item, with Lazy Stitch you sew the beads directly to the fabric or leather.   The design should be drawn to actual finished scale on a piece of paper then traced onto the work surface. Designs that are going to appear on opposite sides of an item should be reversed for a mirrored effect. For example, on a vest, the design should appear as a mirror image on each side.

You can also bead directly onto a leather strip which you can later attach to your item. This technique allows for the creation of beaded designs that you can add to Blankets or Buffalo Robes, Leggings, Leather Shirts, Pipe Bags and other bags, and Wrist Cuffs.

 

Getting Started:

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EAGLE FEATHER POWWOW

EAGLE FEATHER POWWOW

Location: Elm Street Pittsford VT

Time:

Details:  Family event,  Friday is opening day. Saturday  is family fun day. Sunday we will be  honoring senior citizens and veterans. Plus Tomahawk throwing and long bow/archery contest, t-shirt give away, win gift certificates.  There will be something fun for everyone.  Including raffles, good food, music, drums,dancing and all and more.

HOST DRUM — 7-ARROWS SPIRIT DRUM SINGERS —- MC—JOHN BOLES

Peggie Sue Rozell White Buffalo Moon  802-772-7947 OR 802-282-9942

 

Hand Made Dolls

Hand Made Dolls 
Hand Made Dolls

If there is a universal child’s toy, it may well be a doll.  Whether hastily made from scrap material at hand, or painstakingly made to exacting detail, dolls “speak” to our humanity.  At first glance, dolls are simple play-things… suffering the ravages of many other mere “toys”.  However, there are many other reasons dolls are created and decorated for children.  Dolls may also be used to teach children important cultural and educational lessons in dress, hair style, adornment and dexterity.

Some dolls are created for specific purposes or occasions.  Others are made with whimsy and artistic license.  There are no limits to the variety of dolls.  This author is particularly interested in beadwork as a decorative medium.  By making a basic cloth doll body, there are unlimited ways to construct and decorate these miniature personalities. Continue reading Hand Made Dolls

Imitation Sinew

Imitation Sinew - Multi ply Natural and Colored
Imitation Sinew 

Imitation Sinew is a nylon cord  that looks and splits almost like real Sinew. We recommend this product for heavy sewing and construction of craft projects. It is popular for making dream catchers (as the webbing).

Single Ply Imitation Sinew comes in Natural color only. It is a single strand. You get approximately 166 yards per ounce. Choose 1 oz or 4 oz spools.

Multi – Ply Sinew can be split into up to 4 individual strands. For extra strength, keep the plies together.

You can purchase Multi Ply Sinew in Natural, Black and White in 1 oz, 4 oz and 8 oz spools. Red, Yellow and Green Multi ply only comes in 8 oz spools. You will get approximately 40 yards of Sinew per ounce.

Prefer the real thing? Try our Natural Deer Sinew and Buffalo Sinew!

Bison Horns

Bison Horns
Bison Horns

These natural Bison Horns will make very large Powder Horns. Cut the horn and use it to make a Horn Roach Spreader. You can also use them to make Split Horn Bonnets, Horn Rattles and more.

These horns are natural black. They come minimally cleaned. Choose:

  • Cleaned and Scraped Approx 8″ – 10″ long with a 4″ diameter opening
  • Cleaned and left rough  Approx 11″ long with a 4″ diameter opening

We sell these Horns individually. These are a natural product, so allow for variations.

We also sell Bison Toes!

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