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 (2)

Curtis Nov 5th 2019


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

MILO COLTON Dec 4th 2018

Bear Shield

Absolutely beautiful! All it needed were my eagle feathers! Many thanks to Dan Chapman for this shield!

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