Our buffalo skull neckpiece has been intricately carved by hand from naturally shed deer antler. It was designed to honor and respect the majestic and fearless beast that once roamed plentiful, wild and free on the vast plains of North America.
Considered a life-force for Native American people and a gift from the Great Spirit, this sacred and symbolic animal represents: wisdom, patience, prosperity, gratitude, abundance, strength, stability, consistency and blessing.
The buffalo teaches us to remain well grounded, find strength to carry on our path, to be in harmony with Mother Earth and to connect with the sacredness of life.
HISTORICAL IMAGE REFERENCE: No. 1 - Two hunters inspect their kill circa 1903. No. 2 - Native American tribesmen, circa 1907. No. 3 - Men pose with a mountain of buffalo skulls, circa mid-1870s. No. 4 - Wright's buffalo hide yard, Dodge City, Kansas, circa 1878. No. 5 - Moose Jaw, circa 1870s, a pile of bison bones waiting to be loaded onto a train for distribution.
Buffalo, also referred to as bison, once ruled the North American plains from Canada down to Mexico and reigned supreme over their territory. They were believed to have been the biggest population of large wild mammals anywhere on Earth numbering a staggering estimated 50 million before European settlers arrived. Awestruck witnesses reported seeing ‘seas of black’, and feeling the ground trembling beneath their feet with the beat of literally millions of pounding hooves.
Where they once roamed wild and free, the landscape of the West dramatically changed when they were tragically hunted to near extinction during the 19th century. By the mid 1880s these majestic beasts were reduced to only few hundred, and it is estimated an astonishing 7.5 million buffalo were killed in a two year period from 1872 to 1874 alone, thus bringing an end to an important era in American history. Continue Reading →
Our latest little collection 'Feeling Blue' is available exclusively at Elements I Love in Surry Hills, Sydney.
‘Cry Me A Blue River’ AUD $399 – Features: Old silver alloy pendant with coloured glass inlay, ghungroo bell beads and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. Miniature glass beading detail on knotted hemp string and a kangaroo hide leather tie.
‘Moody Blues’ AUD $399 – Features: Old silver alloy coin pendants dated from 1984 to 1985, ghungroo bell beads and cylinder beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India. Miniature glass beading detail on knotted hemp string and a kangaroo hide leather tie.Continue Reading →
One of the things I constantly work on in my life, is the level of acceptance I have of my own ever changing body. Nothing frustrates me more than listening to my girlfriends whinge and complain about their bodies. I suppose its because after years of knowing them, I don’t even notice the ever-so-slight drooping of the bottom, or the sagging of stomachs, or even those bits of skin we have aptly named the ‘ta-ta’s which they claim they can feel flapping in the breeze when they wave goodbye.
Sadly, I feel an unhealthy emphasis is placed on the shapes of our bodies, rather than a much more realistic focus which needs to shift from body beautiful to simply being happy, healthy and most importantly accepting of our shape at any given moment. Our bodies constantly change throughout our lives depending on our age, the time of month, if we have been lucky enough to be blessed with the gift of child bearing, or if we’ve just eaten a massive delicious and sustaining meal.
We are super proud to present to you a unique collaboration between designers Buffalo Girl and Republic of You. We figure two artisans are better than one, so together we designed a gorgeous range of hand-cut, hand-stamped and hand-dyed leather rings handcrafted in the Buffalo Girl studio in Byron Bay, Australia. Using beautiful European leather designed to soften over time, these simple designs are standout pieces with three of the four designs depicting traditional Native American Indian symbols.
Native American Indians are deeply spiritual tribes people whose lives are dominated by rituals and beliefs which are closely connected to their sacred connection with nature. These beliefs are reflected in the various geometric symbols they use, and these symbols communicate their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation. The symbols are generally portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs, with the meaning for each varying greatly from one tribe to another and also across different tribal regions.
Some symbols convey immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members distinguishing particular clans, others are specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another. Other Native American symbols have more practical purposes such as recording important events, providing directions, acting as warning signs or indicating good hunting areas or areas designated for a specific purpose.
Native American geometric symbols are depicted on numerous objects such as their clothes, tepees, and horses just to name a few. An individual’s belongings are decorated with art and include symbols depicting achievements, acts of heroism, various spirit guides and notable events of his or her life. Continue Reading →
Possibly one of the most visually moving collaboration of videography combined with unpretentious poetic diaglogue I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. The Dark Side of the Lens by Mikey Smith is an intimate six minute portrayal of one mans undying passion for life, Mother Nature and his craft.Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011.