One of a Kind
Baby Bison Robe
A great heirloom for your special little one or an elegant reproduction to decorate your home or cabin with. Traditionally given to newborns, this Lakota style baby bison robe is brain tanned and painted with earth pigments and hide glue. Baby bison robes are very rare. Only a few are available each year. These have died from natural causes and are tanned with the face, legs, and tail in tack preserving their historical significance and authenticity. Little boys typically had robes painted with the sun burst pattern shown in this picture. While little girl's robes were traditionally painted with a box and border design. Please contact me for availability.
Lakota Soft Cradle
A great heirloom for your special little one or an elegant reproduction to decorate your home or cabin with. Traditionally given to newborns, this Lakota style soft cradle cover is made from all authentic materials. Elk parflech and brain tanned deer make up the body of the cover. It is lined with reproduction Lewis & Clark trade cloth. Beads are mixture of antique and reproduction seed beads. Four quilled rosettes with quilled drops and deer toe tips decorate the sides. The quilled umbilical cord fetish and beaded baby moccasins are sold separately. Please allow 12 weeks for delivery.
Lakota Rocking Horse
The perfect heirloom gift for your little Buckaroo. "Tasunka Can", pronounced (Ta shunka chan) means "wooden horse" in Lakota. AKA, "Splinters" is hand carved from popular wood, sanded, and painted with non toxic acrylic paint. The saddle is a 1/3 size reproduction of an authentic Lakota pad saddle. The leather is brain tanned deer and is sew with real elk sinew and stuffed with horse hair. All the beadwork and quill work are also sewn with real sinew. The reins are rare and are made from hand twined and braided bison hair. Very few of these ropes are in existance or are reproduced today. The brass stirrups are covered in bison rawhide and sewn with real elk sinew. All the rigging is made from elk parfleche. The mane and tail are real horse hair.
Naskapi Painted Frock Hunting Leather Coat
This is a museum quality work of art. It debuted this year at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, WY where it won Honorable Mention in the "Art To Wear" category. It was also exhibited at Style West in Cody, WY and is featured at Contemporary Western Design, and Contemporary Maker's websites.
Patterned after the hunting coats of the Naskapi, Montagnais and Eastern Cree Indians who inhabited the Quebec and Ontario region of Canada, this coat is historically correct in its creation from the brain tanned hides to the 7500 hand sewn real elk sinew stitches that are 2mm apart. It has a beautiful modern cut to the supple leather that is painted in traditional earth pigments mixed with egg whites, something that took 600 hours to accomplish with toothpicks and sharpened sticks.
This coat is not a replica, but rather a modern interpretation using authentic methods and materials. Only 150 of the original coats remain in existence today in a handful of museums and private collections. They represent the peak of the artistic, religious and cultural tradition of these Indians between the early 1700's through the late 1800's.
This coat has sold to a collector. However if you would like something similar feel free to contact me for a custom order.
Braided Bison Clutch
This purse combines both art with fashion. It was made using the traditional materials and methods of the Native American's but in the contemporary form and style of a modern purse. The clutch is made from over 200 feet of hand cut brain tanned Bison leather lace. The closure is a braided button through a leather loop. 8.5" x 5.5" x 2".
Brain tanned buffalo is only available today in very limited quantities. This is a one of a kind piece and is signed by the artist Keri DeWitt. It was part of her exhibit at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, WY 2010 that won Honorable Mention in the "Art to Wear" category.
Traditionally Tanned Bison Reversible Vest
This reversible fur Bison brain tanned leather vest is tanned 100% natural using the same methods that the Native Americans used for thousands of years. Hand tanned Bison fur has its own rich character unlike any other furs. It is thick, yet soft and very durable. It sheds water and if it gets wet, just shake it out and let it dry. It will be just as soft and supple after it dries. In addition, Bison wool is warmer than any other wool.
Bison robes were used by the Native American's for clothing, bags, and horse gear. This vest is hand stitched with real elk sinew and edged with walnut dyed brain tanned deer leather. It closes on both sides with three large deer antler crown buttons.
Hand tanned buffalo is only available today in very limited quantities. This vest can be custom ordered for both men and women. For women, the vest has a waist making the vest more contemporary and flattering in style. The cut for men is more straight. Please provide your measurements for shoulder width, back length, chest, and waist. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Each item may vary from what is pictured depending on the character of the leather.
Painted Bison Rawhide Purse
This purse combines both art with fashion. It was made using the traditional materials and methods of the Native American's but in the contemporary form and style of a modern purse. The purse is made from Bison rawhide that was made by hand using the same traditional methods as the Native Americans. It was painted with earth pigments mixed with hide glue and applied with sharpened sticks and buffalo rib bone brushes. The paint is sealed with prickly pear cactus juice.
The sides are hand stitched with brain tanned deer hide lace. The closure utilizes two matching deer antler tip buttons. The strap is made from braided buffalo rawhide covered with brain tanned deer. The strap cover is sewn with elk back strap sinew.
The strap is 21” and the dimensions of this purse are 12”x 5”x 3”.
Hand scraped Bison rawhide is only available today in very limited quantities. This is a one of a kind piece and is signed by the artist Keri DeWitt.
Elk Parfleche Hand Painted Purse
This purse combines both art with fashion. It was made using the traditional materials and methods of the Native American's but in the contemporary form and style of a modern purse. The purse is made from Elk parfleche that was brain tanned using the same methods as the Native Americans. It is softer than rawhide, but not as soft as fully tanned leather. It was painted with earth pigments mixed with hide glue and applied with sharpened sticks and buffalo rib bone brushes. The paint is sealed with prickly pear cactus juice.
The fringe flap, strap, and lace are all brain tanned deer skin. Antique trade beads are sewn with real elk sinew on the flap. The fringe on the flap is wrapped with dyed porcupine quills.
The holes for stitching were burned in with a hot nail to prevent them from tearing out. The closure uses a deer antler tip button. The strap is 21“ and the dimensions of this purse are 9”x7”x1”.
Handmade Elk parfleche is only available today in very limited quantities. This is a one of a kind piece and is signed by the artist Keri DeWitt.
Brain Tan Baby Moccasins
These adorable baby moccasins are made from real brain tan and beaded. Sizes infant through toddler. Please allow 4-6 weeks delivery.