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Though this particular breast plate has been SOLD, I keep it as an example of some of the styles and designs I can make for you. If you'd like something similar (as no two items I make are ever exactly alike) I would be more than happy to do something for you. Just let me know.

A veritable status symbol, bone breastplates were originally worn as body armor, for protection in battle and while hunting. In the hot Southwestern summers, breastplates were worn over a bare chest, and during winter months over a war shirt. The Native People of the Great Plains, like the Lakota Sioux, were famous for the immense workmanship that went into a breastplate. Many believed that wearing one made by a certain gifted person or in a specific fashion, would give them a spiritual advantage during battles or hunts. Most tribes had a specialist who made a range of breastplates. Native warriors on vision quests often dreamed about a certain type of breastplate, which their specialist would then make for them. Most creators of breastplates were aides to medicine men and shaman, or were medicine men themselves. Rarely would a Native American make his own breastplate, if it was to have great spiritual power.

Breastplates are still a symbol of status among many Native American tribes, and nowadays, are mostly used in dances and ceremonies. Native Americans did not recognize the concept of land ownership; the land belonged to all humans, to be used with respect. Hence, their personal possessions were their pride, and their breastplates formed a vital part of their wealth. Breastplates today are worn ceremonially and as regalia, and are therefore much more embellished and decorated than those made for use as body armor in earlier centuries.

This striking warrior breastplate in Lakota Sioux tribal colors is made the old fashioned way, with 4” hair pipe elk bone beads on the sides, and 2” buffalo horn beads in the center, strung on sinew, in 34 rows. The beautiful antique hand made red and yellow glass white heart beads are used with old brass tire beads to create an eye-catching pattern, which sets of the black and ivory colors of the hair pipe beads. Long leather strips are used as spacers, and soft natural colored deer leather lace is braided to create luxuriously comfortable neck straps. Abalone shells are adorned with crow feathers, which have been hand painted with a dotted pattern, a prayer to protect the wearer. Black horse hair tassels and deer leather lace are the finishing touch to this elaborate breastplate. With its historic, traditional look and artwork, it is perfect for ceremonial use and for tribal dances. It will also make a stunning wall decoration in any rustic or Southwestern interior, as well as a marvelous addition to any collection.

Native American inspired design Lakota Sioux Breastplate - "Ozuie Wanati" - Warrior Spirit (SOLD)


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Elk bone, buffalo horn, white heart beads, antique glass beads, brass tire beads, deer leather lace, sinew, horse hair, abolone shell, crow feathers, hair pipe beads, buffalo beads, leather spacers
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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