This ancient ivory polar bear pin and pendant blends two mystical symbols—the shaman and the polar bear—into one distinctive piece of jewelry that radiates centered peace and tranquility.
'A bear lifted me up so that I could see all the earth...he said I may jump among high cliffs and I will never die.' Full Mouth, Crow
The shaman and the bear enjoy a special relationship in Native American cultures. The bear is a shaman spirit guide symbolizing strength, the inner journey, dreaming, and the power of transformation. Many traditions also revere the bear as a sort of shaman himself for his powerful medicine magic. They are called the 'keepers of medicine' for their knowledge of healing secrets and practices.
Some of man's earliest known religions centered on the bear. It is easy to see why this impressive creature inspired such awe and reverence. Bear carry with them a tremendous potency and majesty that is unique to this beautiful animal. Our shaman bear pendant can also be worn as a pin, giving bear lovers two ways to enjoy this stunning piece.
This carved ivory pendant is made from fossilized mammoth tusk, a cream toned ancient material that lends this piece the look of the polar bear. Fossilized mammoth ivory is many millennia old, dating back 10,000 to 15,000 years ago when the last of the great mammoths roamed the earth. It is prized worldwide for its relative scarcity and luminous opaque quality.