February 11, 2016  |  Fact  |  Share

When a Buffalo is depicted on Indian jewelry, most people rightfully think of their connection with Plains tribes. Yet, the sturdy humpbacked animals convey strong qualities that appeal to other Native artists as well. The overworked metaphor that compares buffalo herds to the situation of Native Americans has been proven trite and shopworn. Today, the buffalo possesses an honor that ironically springs from that same source. When this beast appears on jewelry, it will be shown either in full profile or the head alone is depicted. Over time, the buffalo has been charged with a nobility and dignity that is not unlike Native ceremonials and dances.

Fact: In the last twenty years, the buffalo motif remains strong in both realistic and abstract renderings on hide and silver and stone.

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