“The Cheyenne Dandy” breastplate, Museum Quality Historical recreation

  • Reference: FC1119
  • Origin: Firewind Creations.
  • Period: Contemporary Historical Recreation
  • Size: 45 Rows.
  • Materials: Antiqued Canadian Wapiti (elk) bone hairpipe, beaded mirror, vintage Italian chevron bead, copper beads, antique thimbles, vintage ribbon, mountain goat hair, old stock vintage Cheyenne Pink, Arapaho Green and Periwinkle Blue crow beads, old stock vintage dark translucent green beads, old stock vintage Arapaho Green and pale translucent blue seed beads, old style solid French brass beads, brass hawk bells, hand-cut deerskin fringes, rawhide, harness leather, deerskin medicinal pouch, vintage old stock corn yellow and pale turquoise seed beads, medicinal plants.
  • Price: 850€

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Description

“The Cheyenne Dandy” breastplate, Museum Quality Historical recreation.

The general public is not aware in general of how creative American Indian artists could get with some trade goods, which they would divert from the original usage and incorporate to their artifacts and crafts in a very culturally original way. Especially valued would be metal, shell, and other items that would shine and reflect the sunlight. It is not unusual to see mirrors, coins, thimbles, ribbons, buttons, used in traditional crafts as documented on historical pictures.  This is still true today, and some might be even shocked to see improbable items like cds incorporated into traditional regalia at pow wows.

While early breastplates would be as a general rule quite plain, with mainly bone hairpipe and brass beads, those made at the turn of the 19th century and into the reservation period could be quite fancy and elaborate, like this piece, hence the name.

This is a “recreation”, and not a “replica”, in the sense that it is not a reproduction of a documented existing piece. Rather than a technical copy, this is an original creation made in the genuine spirit and style of a piece that could have been crafted in the early reservation period, in a style reminiscent of the Northern Cheyenne.

The centerpiece is a leather-encased mirror.  Its edge is beaded with dark translucent green and cheyenne pink beads.  The front part of the leather is dyed with ochre powder.  From the mirror hangs a delicate dangle lock of mountain goat hair, fastened with traditional red Stroud trade wool, ornamented with corn yellow and pale turquoise seed beads, copper beads, and a vintage Italian chevron bead. On the sides, 2 dangles composed of antique thimbles fastened by dark green vintage ribbon and crow beads.

45 rows of antiqued Canadian wapiti (elk) bone hairpipe. Hand-cut and stained Canadian deerskin fringes (there are 20 metres of fringe on this piece…), held by solid vintage French brass beads. The central strip is composed of Arapaho Green, Cheyenne Pink, and Periwinkle Blue vintage old stock crow beads, colors that are traditional beading colors for the Northern Cheyenne and the Crow in particular.  Crow glass beads and brass beads on the neck loops, with traditional brass hawk bells and antique thimbles on the bottom loops.

The protective medicine pouch at the bottom center, made of deerskin, contains 2 medicinal plants, in the traditional way, its edge is beaded with vintage old stock Arapaho Green seed beads using a traditional Ojibwe technique, and the pouch is closed with 4 rows of vintage pale translucent blue seed beads.

The finished piece was smoked over a campfire, with white sage, juniper and cedar.

Original one-of-a-kind creation.

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