The bison could soon be the national mammal of the United States. The bill, passed by the House and Senate, now awaits the signature of the President.
Supporters of the bill say it will afford overdue recognition to a species that has been of such importance to the culture and history of the US.
“No other indigenous species tells America’s story better than this noble creature,” said Rep. William Lacy Clay. “The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, Native American culture and the boundless western wildness.”
Tens of millions of bison, also known as buffalo, once ranged across North America. A century later, only a thousand remained. Concerned citizens, including President Teddy Roosevelt, formed the American Bison Society to help relocate 15 bison from the Bronx Zoo to a refuge in Oklahoma. There the bison could begin to repopulate the West. The current number is about 30,000, with the largest population in Yellowstone National Park. Bison are considered the first major conservation success story on Earth.
“We would like all of our children to be able to see a herd of several thousand bison roaming freely across some of these areas. That is really the vision of what the American West was and could be,” said Cristian Samper, president of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society.
With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, you might be in a bind on getting that perfect gift.
David Morgan’s Everlasting Love earrings and necklace are a reasonably-priced idea. Among the Celts, the triskele is used to represent the tripartite nature of life and people. In these earrings two triskeles are linked together to form the circle of eternity, denoting two people, in body, mind and spirit, joined together in everlasting love. The earrings are made of sterling silver.
A Haida custom is to place watchmen on the top of totem poles. These iconic figures can be seen throughout the Haida lands and represent sentinels who keep guard over the Haida people.
Since the 1980s, however, Haida Watchmen are real people who keep a lookout over old Haida villages and protect them from vandalism.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve’s cultural resource manager Barb Wilson says the Skidegate Band Council started the Watchmen program in the early 1980s because they wanted more people out on the land.
People had always been out on their territory, but around this time a lot of “pot hunting” was going on—people digging for artifacts and taking them without permission, she says. Some even cut pieces off monumental poles that had fallen. In fact, the Haida Gwaii Museum has a pole fragment on display that was recovered from a tourist’s yacht after a Haida noticed them at the dock in Prince Rupert.
The full story can be read here. The watchmen are beautiful works of art. We’re happy to have them as one of our chess pieces and as a keychain.
We are pleased to offer jewelry from the Silver Seasons collection, designed by Michael Michaud. Each piece is hand crafted in New York.
Michael Michaud resides in Fairfield, Connecticut. Michael’s love of nature and his exceptional knowledge of jewelry making inspired him to launch the Silver Seasons Collection in 1992. Years of experience has given him the ability to capture the finest details of nature and to craft them with metal. He has perfected the technique of creating models from natural botanical elements and, after the models are made, manipulating these “copies of nature” into his jewelry. Using primarily bronze and natural stones, the Silver Seasons jewelry we offer is renowned for its craftsmanship and beauty.
We know how hard it is to find just the right little gift for someone. It should be high quality, but not too expensive. And it needs to stand out. We’ve got many different items for you to give this Christmas that hits the spot.
Our totems are reproductions of the Haida originals. They are made with a natural resin composite that has the heft and finish of the originals.
The soft pointed ends and hollow core of possum fur provide an extremely light, soft and luxurious fiber, making these knitted gloves extremely warm for their weight. State of the art knitting technology is used to create a glove with no seams to bind or rub against your fingers. Made of 40% possum fur, 50% Merino wool and 10% nylon.
Our latest jewelry comes from the hills of Scotland, where the purple blooms of heather decorate the landscape. Heathergems are made from this well-loved plant, which is dyed and blocked into unique color patterns.
Each Heathergem is handcrafted in Pitlochry, Scotland. The heather used is too old to provide any nutrition for wildlife and is pulled in a manner which promotes the growth of new plants.
The stems are dried, shotblasted to remove the bark and dyed various colors using natural dyes. Stems of different colors are then mixed together and compressed into a block. Eighty tons of pressure is required to press the block of stems together.
The block is then cut into slices and individual pieces are cut, shaped and filed by skilled craftworkers before being lacquered to give the final finish. The Heathergem jewelry we offer are set into sterling silver fittings. Each piece comes gift boxed, with a card explaining the process used to create Heathergems.
All of our Cavin Richie jewelry pieces are top sellers. Cavin captures the spirit of every animal he carves. Each is accurately detailed down to the texture of the animal’s skin or fur. His line includes birds, mammals and amphibians. For the past thirty years he has carved with shed elk antler and woolly mammoth ivory. These carvings became the basis for his lost wax casting jewelry.
We are pleased to offer these solid bronze lost wax castings. A patina complements the earthy metal, giving each piece a unique finish. The fishhook earrings have hypoallergenic (gray niobium) hooks.
After a long and hard winter for much of the country, the appearance of brightly colored tulips are a welcome sign of warmer weather. In Western Washington, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is ready to begin. A week early, the flowers should bloom the last week in March. David Morgan is pleased to offer a selection of tulip jewelry handcrafted especially for the festival by Warren Jewelers in Kirkland, Washington.
One of the finest pink tulips, this late blooming Pink Diamond variety is grown in the Skagit valley. The tulip is portrayed here in full bloom with open petals. The leaves and flower are sandblasted for a textured finish. Also available as earrings.
The Dutch city of Delft created magnificent artwork from the 16th to the 18th century. Like one of their famous tiles, this piece captures the tulip’s graceful beauty. All but the leaves of this piece has a sandblasted finish. Also available as a necklet.
The tulips portrayed in this sterling silver necklet grow in Washington’s Skagit Valley. The flowers are sandblasted with a polished border.
Warren Jewelers has also created several Tenby daffodil pieces as part of its flower jewelry collection. The Tenby daffodil is native to Pembrokeshire, Wales and blooms around March 1, St. David’s Day.