“Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure and therefore the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”
– Native American proverb

This painting is of Wild Shaunuwa at 2 years of age. He is clad in buckskin pants and moccasins that his Grandfather made him. Wild just caught his string of fish and ready to head home. Good thing for this adorable boy, he has the bow grandfather fashioned out of wood. Take a close look at the little bear cubs that are scampering around the waterfall.

For the wood bows, the native people used oak, Osage, juniper, mesquite and other whitewoods and hardwood shrubs. A short, stout bow was used pretty much by all tribes. While it did not shoot as far as a long bow, that was not the idea. American hunters relied on stealth, tracking skills, and patience to get close to their quarry in order to shoot an accurate lethal shot.

Breastplates had originally been worn as armor and for protection in both battle and hunting. In the hot climate of the Southwest, they were often worn over a bare chest. During winter months and in colder climates, they were often worn over a shirt. Many believed that, by wearing one made in a specific fashion, a spiritual advantage was obtained during hunting and battles. Breastplates are hand crafted from what is called hair pipe beads.

  • Original Painting SOLD
  • Limited Edition Giclée Prints – 20 x 16