Rivers of Relations by Caribou Woman Creations

Rivers of Relations by Caribou Woman Creations

C$600.00Price

🏔Rivers of Relations: The Caribou make one of the world’s great large-animal migrations, similar to the way of trails amongst the Athabaskan peoples. As summer approaches, caribou head north along their annual trails. Some of the herds of caribou may travel more than 600 miles to their well loved grazing grounds. These lovely dentalium shell earrings are a reflection of the travels amongst our peoples, the athabaskan peoples. Dentalium shells are small tubular mollusks that look similar to elephant tusks. There have been counted over 300 kinds of dentalium, however, the most common one used amongst first nations as money were the Antalis Pretiosum (Dentalium) which is found along the northwest coast of North America. Although it was such a prized and common trade (as money), they have been over harvested and it is rare to actually use Antalis Pretiosum now-a-days and the most common Dentalium used today is the Asian dentalium, which is more fragile and smaller then the ones used more commonly historically. Both of this kind of Denalium is woven into these earrings. You can see the slight ridges on the rare long dentaliums, which indicates their strength and less likely to chip or break. These are a high prized trade item amongst the Athabaskan and many other tribes across North America. The top beads are antique chevron beads. They were made in the 1800s in Venice Italy and traded in West Africa and have been traded throughout 3 different continents. They’re 4 layers of glass, hand cut and polished to create the beautiful chevron design. Some beads do have minor pitting and erosion, but this only adds to their vintage age and rarity. The other remaining beads on these beautiful trade and route reflection earrings are Russian Blues. Russian explorers traded these beads to first nations in Alaska and Canada starting in the 1700s. The cobalt blue and faceted appearance, or long tubular made them a speciality item and very sought after, even to this day. The Russian blue beads likely originated in Cechoslovakia where traders may have purchased them directly from traders in Europe or purchased them from the Hudson Bay Company in the 1700s. The earrings are dangling from round bead ear posts 14k gold filled. The bottom gold beads are 24K gold vermeil on 925 sterling silver. The spacer hide is home tanned Moosehide.