Native American Dance Shield With Mink By Puggy Hawk
This handsome dance shield features a hand painted warrior on leather and genuine mink at the points of the four directions.
The outer part of the ring forming this shield is wrapped in soft suede.
Real feathers dangle from the bottom, accented with beads and brass wraps.
The measurements are apporximately 19 inches wide and about 31 inches long, top to end of feathers.
The mink came from a woman in New York City.
She gave 10 mink coats to reservation people for use in their crafts.
This wonderful creation would be great at a Wacipi or as an interesting wall hanging for your home or office decor.
~ About Dance Shields ~
Many years ago, the shield was thought to hold great medicine and powers for a warrior.
The warrior would dance with this shield to release the protective powers and to invite his ancestors to join him, in hopes that he may fight bravely and with honor.
Today, the shield dance is an exhibition dance.
Usually executed by two fancy dancers who twirl
about while challenging each other with shields and spears.
About The Artist Of This Jewelry
Velrose Leroy Hawk ~ aka Puggy Hawk
Crow Creek Lakota
Puggy lived at Mission SD when he did this piece.
He taught the kids crafts while there.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 ~ P.L. 101-644 ~
The Federal government started getting serious with those that misrepresent products to be Native American Indian made so they passed a law in 1990 to protect consumers. This law is "The Indian Arts an Crafts Act of 1990 ~ P.L. 101-644 ~" and concerns the truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation of products sold as American Indian made within the United States, making it illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by or is an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization. To learn more, visit the official site of the governing Indian Arts and Crafts Board and have the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 reprinted by clicking this link: http://www.doi.gov/iacb/act.html Violation of these laws carries very hefty fines with possible jail time.
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