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Honey Bear

Everyone knows that black bears like honey—bee hives that they find in tree trunks and other odd places in the forest.  This little lady, aptly named Honey Bear, has found herself a treasure-trove, and nothing is going to distract her from her task of devouring it all!

A 5-inch by 6-inch bronze on a 2-inch walnut base, this little gem is both adorable and affordable.  The style is quick and loose, and the patineur has done a magnificent job of creating the effect of "honey everywhere"!
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Chief Joseph's Surrender

In 1877, Chief Joseph had led his band of Nez Perce Indians in a trek through the Rocky Mountains for more than 1,000 miles.  They were intent on reaching Canada to join Sitting Bull where they would be safe.  Meanwhile, three different generals of the United States Army were chasing him and his people, and they clashed in a series of bloody skirmishes.  Joseph and his war chiefs (one of whom was his younger brother, Ollokut) won all of the battles—except for the last one.
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Chief Joseph

In terms of the amount of literature and biographies written about him, Nez Perce Chief Joseph is one of the most popular, respected, and yet misunderstood of all the Native American leaders of the 19th century.  There were five bands of Nez Perce, and Joseph's band wintered in western Idaho and spent glorious summers grazing their beautiful horses in the verdant grasslands of the Wallowa Valley in north-eastern Oregon.  When Joseph and his younger brother Ollocot refused to give up their homeland and move to reservations, ...
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Owl Man

The tradition of the "kachina", or "kachina dolls", comes from the Hopi Indians of northeast Arizona.  The concept of kachina pertains to the gods and ancestors of the Hopi, and they portray these figures in long dances.  The dancers dress up as the kachina they are honoring, and their costumes and gestures have significance for all members of the tribe.  In order to teach the concepts of the kachinas and dances to the children, dolls are carved, displayed, and discussed.  It is customary for these dolls to be carved from cotton wood, often found in the river beds...
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The Storyteller

The Storyteller, a bronze in Sammy Long’s Plains Indians Series, depicts an Elder of the Lakota Sioux sitting cross-legged teaching the youth of the tribe about tribal myths, nature, traditions, and heroic deeds of their people.  Because there was no written language for the Indian in the mid-1800’s, oral tradition was of great importance. The old men were asked to perform this teaching task, and were honored to do so. At nine inches in diameter and 14 inches in height, this piece is compact and affordable—perfect for display in the home.
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Sacred Dance

Sacred Dance depicts a Sioux holy man perfoming the tribe’s sacred dance. His “top-knot” on the front of his head identifies his tribal rank.  He carries a peace-pipe of red stone from Minnesota, and a shield depicting the ever-present “medicine wheel” of the Plains Indians. 
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The Spirit of Black Elk

The Spirit of Black Elk

Black Elk was an Oglala Sioux holy man, highly respected by his people. As a boy he had fantastic dreams of the Indian nations, and, as a man, people with all kinds of diseases came to him for prayer and healing...
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The Hero's Call

The Hero's Call

Joseph Campbell, the noted expert on myths, art and religions of the world, had much to say about “the hero”. In order to risk leaving home to explore the unknown, the true hero (or heroine) usually received a “call”...
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Chief Left Hand

Chief Left Hand, raised as an Arapahoe, was a young warrior at the time of the Sand Creek Massacre, but was away with the other hunters when the massacre took place.  Although Left Hand later fought Custer at Little Big Horn, he lived to a ripe old age with his memories and grief. 
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