Native American artist Jim Little Wounded hand carves this bear dance stick. The Bear is an important symbol for the Lakota, both spiritually and physically.
Jim carves the bear effigy from a single piece of wood. He stains and paints the entire piece of wood. Jim adds a metal spot for the eyes and then encircles the eye with glass beads. Jim has extended the tongue with leather and more glass beads.
Jim finishes the decoration of the dance stick with a cluster of feathers that also feature leather dangles, glass bead and metal bell. The paw of the bear is finished with red wool cloth and pagers claws to imitate bear claws.
The piece is signed by the artist.
Length 27 1/2 | Height 9 | Deep 3 inches
All measurements are approximate. Height is measured from the top of the body to the bottom of the leather dangles.
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