Wild & Free
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Inspired by the profound wisdom of Native American culture, our buffalo skull pendant with decorative sun mandala has been intricately carved by hand using deer antler and buffalo horn. This handmade unisex tribal necklace is a very special piece and we encourage our customers to take the time and read our 'History' Menu below for further information on the cultural significance of the buffalo.
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Buffalo, also referred to as bison, once ruled the North American plains from Canada down to Mexico and reigned supreme over their territory. They were believed to have been the biggest population of large wild mammals anywhere on Earth numbering a staggering estimated 50 million before European settlers arrived. Awestruck witnesses reported seeing 'seas of black', and feeling the ground trembling beneath their feet with the beat of literally millions of pounding hooves.
Where they once roamed wild and free, the landscape of the West dramatically changed when they were tragically hunted to near extinction during the 19th century. By the mid 1880s these majestic beasts were reduced to only few hundred, and it is estimated an astonishing 7.5 million buffalo were killed in a two year period from 1872 to 1874 alone, thus bringing an end to an important era in American history.
Some say it was the decade starting from 1874 that the butchery was at its most extreme. A major contributing factor was the building of continental railways in both Canada and the United States. These long-haul trips made it easy to reach buffalo herds further and further out in the plains. The hunting became so prevalent that both travellers and commercial hunters would shoot bison from windows or roofs of trains in the Midwest.
With the market for bison hides a booming industry during this time, massive shipments were being exported to Europe regularly. The majority of buffalo were killed for their hides alone, and the principal buyers of these hides were the steam-powered industrial factories of the time, who valued the durable quality of the leather and utilized them for use as machine belts. After hides, the next most valuable commodity to be gained from the slaughter of buffalo was their bones which were used in the manufacture of bone china, buttons, glue and fertilizer among other things. A bone seller could earn anywhere between $2.50 and $15.00 a ton, and it?s estimated the state of Kansas alone made a staggering 2.5 million dollars from the sale of bison bones between 1868 and 1881.