1888 Nate's Take: "Turquoise is referred to as the sky stone, and placed on the foot of the great and wise bear, the part of the animal that connects to the earth brings the heavens to the ground, perhaps using life itself as the conduit."
My Mother used to say that if you came across a feather lying in your path, it’s a sign that you are headed in the right direction, your true path, and you should pick it up and keep it as a talisman of luck for your journey.
The Navajo Indians used hawk and eagle feathers to make their “Headdress of feathers”. Only warriors who had displayed extraordinary bravery were allowed to wear it.
~Bear, Bear Claw ~
The bear represents an ability to act fiercely when necessary, but only if absolutely needed. They are ferocious protectors of their young & unpredictable when aggressive. Native American tribes use the bear to represent the warrior's spirit.
~Buffalo Nickel: 1913 to 1938~
Sculptor James Earle Fraser was commissioned to beautify the US nickel. The result was a stunning depiction of an American bison, a symbol of strength, courage, prosperity, challenge, and survival. The obverse side depicts the profile of a South Western Native American Cheif. It is believed that three different American Indians sat for Fraser while creating his designs. Two were named by Fraser before his death, Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne. He could not recall the name of the third person...