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This necklace is crafted out of sterling silver and paired with a 20" sterling silver chain.
The Caribou is the true Leader of the North; the presence of their massive herds across the arctic tundra a sign of plenty and prosperity for the Inuit and other Indigenous peoples who follow their migration closely for sustenance.
The caribou as a staple cannot be over emphasized; they are a source of food, medicine, toolmaking, fur & sinew for clothing and shelter. The leader of the four-legged in the north shares a lesson of resilience for us all; every part of the animal taking the ingenuity of Indigenous peoples to create a physical, cultural, ceremonial, utilitarian and artisanal source of strength. In the tundra nothing is wasted; everything deserves our gratitude and to be honoured.
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Among the Haudenosaunee, the Deer is considered the leader of the four-legged animals. In our Thanksgiving Address we give thanks to the Deer for laying down its life in order to feed the people. Haudenosaunee men look to the buck as a role model because he lays down his life for the doe and the fawns. With our new collection; Sapling & Flint honours the leader and some of their relatives across Turtle Island; the Caribou and the Moose.
Often during recitals of the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace; a whitetail deer hide is used by the Speaker as an analogy of the “white roots of Peace” because a whole hide often bears a remarkable image of what looks like a profile of a White Pine tree; from the tree top to the roots, the white tail representing the white roots of Peace. It is often said that during the foundation of the Great Law, the Peacemaker used a whitetail deer hide to share his analogy of the White Pine tree representing Peace with the leadership in assembly. The first Clanmother, Tsikónsase, used the antlers of a buck to “crown” the first Confederacy Chiefs to represent them as Leaders, and prepared to lay down their lives for their People as a buck would for the doe & his children. To this day, a Condoled Chief is identified by the antlers protruding from his Kahstówa (headdress).
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At Sapling & Flint, our designs are "conversation pieces that share the story of Turtle Island". We are proud to keep our business Indigenous and local, partnering with Indigenous and Canadian business in our manufacturing processes. Our jewellery is by us, specializing in gold, and authentic wampum & sterling silver; materials of the trade of our wampum cutting & silversmithing ancestors in the colonial and pre-contact periods of our People. Wa'tkwanonhwerátonh tahnon skennenakénhak. We are Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant & Yonenyà:kenht Jesse Brant. We are proud Mohawk Turtle clan women born & raised in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
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