Bear Shield



Created by non-Native American artist Dan Chapman and based on a Kiowa design, this shield shows a bear at the entrance of a cave protecting his family from the attack of its enemy.
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Bears were honored as a powerful spirit, noted for their bravery and fighting strength. By depicting the bear image on his shield, the warrior received the bear's attributes in battle. In the middle of his shield, a warrior placed his personal medicine bundle. This one contains buffalo hair, sage, sweetgrass and a buffalo tooth. A piece of deer antler and a glass trade bead hang from the bundle.

The trade cloth and imitation eagle feathers representing coups, or battle honors, were arranged to permit the warrior to fire his bow effectively without losing the shield's protective power.


Length 36 | Width 21 inches
Length measured from the top of shield to bottom of the trade cloth.  
*Note: All measurements are approximate.


Reviews (3)

Ben Rogers Dec 13th 2020

Commands the room

I expected that the Bear Shield would look good on our home library wall. I could see on your web site that it is a great looking piece, but when I hung it, WOW, it commands the room! The size, the vivid colors; it's authentic look. It is hard to believe it isn't real. I'm so glad I made this purchase! Thank you Dan Chapman for your fine work and thank you Prairie Edge for making it available. This is my first purchase; I'm sure it won't be my last.

Curtis Nov 5th 2019


Absolutely beautiful. It's a fine work of art and fits in well with other Native motif.

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