Pte Hanwi, “Buffalo Moon”
Perhaps the best-known icon of the Great Plains indigenous peoples, the buffalo is commonly used in art of all kinds. The animal was their source of life―food, shelter, warmth―and therefore central to their spirituality.
This wall hanging relief combines this powerful presence with another important creature in Native mythology, the raven, and places them in the context of the cycle of the moon.
Like the other Native-inspired shields in the series, the piece is fashioned after a traditional stretched-hide shield. The buffalo skull is sculpted by hand, based on an actual skull, and is represented at about half life-size.
36 inches diameter