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    Posted 5 years ago

    Tlynnie1942
    (134 items)

    Bear is 20 inches tall and is very stiff. I believe that sawdust was used to stuff this little guy. He is made of thick Sealskin, leather pieces for the inside of the ears, the nose, and the tops of his feet. He has white, blue, and red beads for his eyes. This was made by a member of the Haida Tribe, and whoever made this really did a great job. The Sealskin fur was tanned properly so that the hair is not falling out. But, along the middle of Bear's back, you can see the black thread used to sew him up. There are places along that line of sewing that show now, Bear is getting very old :) He is sewn together at the back, with the top of his arms and the top of his legs sewn to the body, and his head is sewn up the middle of his face and those places are still hidden well. I believe that this bear was made as a gift for a child, and I think he was very much loved. Seal Skin has been illegal to sell in the United States since the 70s, but this guy was made long before that.

    I love this guy and he lays on a very old Navajo saddle blanket on the bottom shelf in my curio cabinet all of the time, so he stays safe. I have looked and looked for another bear like mine and I FINALLY found one at the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology so I know which tribe made my bear for sure now.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 5 years ago
      Adorable teddy bear
    2. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Great piece. That is something you won't run into often. Workmanship is quite good.
    3. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 5 years ago
      He is beautiful! What a history!
    4. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 5 years ago
      PS I love his beaded eyes.
    5. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Oh how wonderful and unique ! love love
    6. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 5 years ago
      Thank you to everyone who loves my Bear Bear, I am very happy he is holding up so well. :)
    7. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Unique and wonderful. I can seethe craft in this, craft specialised to an indigenous group. No wonder you value it so much Thlynnie.

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