“The Cree Emissary” breastplate, Museum Quality Historical recreation
- Reference: FC1128
- Origin: Firewind Creations.
- Period: Contemporary Historical Recreation
- Size: 45 Rows.
- Materials: Antiqued Canadian Wapiti (elk) bone hairpipe, antique abalone shell from the 1920’s, antique 19th century ribbon, old stock vintage Bodmer blue and white heart red crow beads, old stock vintage Bodmer blue and yellow seed beads, old style solid French brass and copper beads, brass hawk bells, hand-cut deerskin fringes, rawhide, harness leather, deerskin medicinal pouch, medicinal plants.
- Price: 850€
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“The Cree Emissary” breastplate, Museum Quality Historical recreation.
The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations or American Indians in North America, their traditional territory spanning across what is now Canada, and extending down into Montana. Being sub-divided into several groups closely linked to their geographical and natural habitat like the Woods Cree, the Swampy Cree, and the Plains Cree, just to name a few, they represent within one global Nation a wide diversity of cultural and artistic styles pertaining to these different regions.
This is a collectible museum-grade piece. I call my creations “recreations”, and not “replicas”, in the sense that they are not reproductions of documented existing pieces, though my inspiration in this case comes from a bare and damaged antique Cree breastplate that was sold in a private auction more than ten years ago. 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 Plains Cree.
I use as many antique or vintage components as I can find. I use absolutely no chemicals to artificially age the components. My aim is not to produce a make-believe antique, but rather to create a piece that shines in all the beauty it would have had at the time when it would have been worn, with some weathering, and reasonable age and wear from use.
The centerpiece is a large antique piece of abalone, from an old 1920’s stock. From the center hang two dangles with copper beads, crow beads, and cones. On the sides, 2 brass hawk bells, from which hang antique 19th century French ribbons, fastened by crow beads.
45 rows of antiqued Canadian wapiti (elk) bone hairpipe. Hand-cut and stained Canadian deerskin fringes (over 20 meters of fringe on this piece…), held by solid vintage French brass beads. The central strip is composed of vintage old stock translucent Bodmer blue and white-heart red crow beads, essential traditional bead colors for many of the Northern Plains tribes, and often used by and associated with the Lakota in particular. The neck loops are ornamented with crow glass beads and brass beads.
The protective medicine pouch at the top center, is cut out of a weathered deerskin used on a ceremonial drum for years. It contains 2 medicinal plants, in the traditional way, its edge is beaded with vintage old stock translucent Bodmer blue seed beads using a traditional Ojibwe technique, and the pouch is closed with 4 rows of antique 19th century yellow seed beads, a color often used to symbolize thunder.
The finished piece was smoked over a campfire, with white sage, juniper and cotton lavender.
Original one-of-a-kind creation.
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