Grizzly Bear Spirit Pin, Pewter
Alaskan Brown Bear Spirit Pin
Pewter Bear Jewelry, 2 1/8" x 1 7/8"
Both old and new world indigenous cultures revere the brown or grizzly bear as a totem of power. Its human-like qualities often led to nicknames like "old man of the woods." For the Pueblo people, the left paw being from the heart side (as depicted), was revered as an amulet. Two of his favorite Alaskan foods, berries and salmon, are concealed within the design. A perfect pin for that job interview, board presentation or just when you want others to know that you are not to be taken lightly.
Grizzly bears are majestic creatures who roam the mountains, river beds and tundra of Alaska. One of the things you learn early when camping - don't leave your food out overnight or you'll have a visitor. But we did just that after a long day on the 40 Mile River located in interior Alaska. Our friends had just capsized their canoe and we were scrambling to help them recover. We finally found a spot downriver where we could dry out, make dinner and relax. That night, everyone was exhausted and we went to bed early without cleaning up. Because one of the tents had been lost, three of us decided to sleep by the fire in our sleeping bags. Just when we were nodding off, my friend shouted at the top of her lungs - "YOU GET OUT OF HERE!" Well, you guessed it - a young grizzly was looking for something to eat but upon hearing my friend's continued rant, he scrambled up the hill and disappeared. How did I know it was a young one.. its ears were bigger than its brow!
I designed these animal spirit pieces to honor the creatures that inhabit my adopted state, Alaska. The animals that call Alaska home have to endure all the seasonal changes from the sub-zero temperatures of our winters to the frenetic activity of our 24hr summer days.
-All our pins/brooches come with a rubber nut, your insurance policy for securing your pin.
-Change this pin into a pendant with a Medium Horizontal Pin Converter, pin stem will show slightly
-Our bronze and sterling silver Animal Spirit series has two additional cards enclosed in the packaging which explains the symbols and artwork for each design. -This pewter pin has two tack backs and military-style clasps (very secure). Because of this, it cannot not use our pin converters. -Also available in bronze and silver.