Native American Style Breastplates

Native American Style Handcrafted Breastplates From Tribal Impressions- www.indianvillagemall.com

Tribal And Western Impressions
817 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626 , Phone: 512-864-2081
Located On Historic Georgetown Courthouse Square
Right Across The Street Form The Old Movie Theater!

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Understanding American Indian Breastplates

Breastplates had originally been worn as armor and for protection in both battle and hunting. In the hot climate of the Southwest, they were often worn over a bare chest. During winter months and in colder climates, they were often worn over a shirt. The material used in the hand crafting of breastplates dates back to pre-columbian days for various types of Native American dress. Plains indians were famous for the individual workmanship that went into a breastplate. Many believed that, by wearing one made in a specific fashion, a spiritual advantage was obtained during hunting and battles. Breastplates are hand crafted from what is called hairpipe beads. These long bone beads are strung on strong cord with spacer beads and leather between them.

Specific specialists in each tribe generally made various types of breastplates. Many Native Americans had dreams about a certain type of breastplate and then have their tribe's specialist make it for them. Most of the breastplate makers were helpers to the great medicine men and other times, they were the medicine men themselves. Rarely would a Native American make his or her own breastplate if it was to have the great spiritual power.

Famous Knife And Tomahawk Thrower, Performer- Kenneith Spirit Wolf
Wearing Tribal And Western Impressions Shirt, Fringed Jeans And Breastplate.
Spirt Wolf Is Also Wearing One Of His Bone Choker Creations. - www.indianvillagemall.com

Famous Knife And Tomahawk Thrower, Performer- Kenneith Spirit Wolf
Wearing Tribal And Western Impressions Shirt, Fringed Jeans And Breastplate.
Spirt Wolf Is Also Wearing One Of His Bone Choker Creations.

The Sinew used to string breastplates were usually from Deer or Buffalo. The sinew strips from these main sources were generally not only longer than other animals, there was an abundance of them. At one time, there were more buffalo roaming around America than there were people. Before metal and needles were invented, Native Americans used a sharp piece of filed down bone as hole punchers for the hide spacers often found between the bone beads.

As time moved forward, breastplates became a sort of status symbol among many Native Americans. Aside from a functional use for protection, breastplates were and are still worn in Native American dances and ceremony. It is important to note that Native Americans did not recognize the concept of land ownership and that the land belonged to all humans to use with respect. Their personal positions thus became something that they could be proud of and the breastplate became part of that pride.

Long hairpipe beads were originally made from various animal bone. Since the bone marrow could be carved out, they could be used for various types of stinging of both necklaces and chokers and for breastplates. Bone chokers have a very close connection to the history and development of the breastplate. (Click here to review bone chokers) The first types of breastplates where very rustic looking. Breastplates today are worn ceremonially and as regalia. Today, Breastplates can be embellished and decorated in a number of ways. They are often decorated with carved horn, shells, leathers, fringe trim and sometimes contrasting colorful beads.

Deluxe Fringed Breastplate From Tribal Impressions

Deluxe Medicine Man Pipe Bone Breatplate With Fringe Feathers And Carved Bone Claw

This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with Pony Beads, Leather fringe, glass beads and feathers. It measures approximately 8-1⁄2" by 14". Two 17" long ribbons tie off around the neck and two more 18" long black ribbons tie off on the back. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth Mother, were held together with leather. Non-Indian Made.

 

Native American Style Breastplate from Tribal Impressions

Standard Handmade Native American Style Breastplate

Great looking standard handmade full breastplate made with Pipe bones (3 cm),leather, plastic beads,wood beads. Non-Indian Made.

Warrior Pipe Bone Fringed Breastplate


This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with pony beads, side leather fringe, glass beads and feathers. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth Mother, were held together with leather. Also Pictured: Turquoise Bone Choker And Turquoise Glass Bead Concho Fringed Choker.
Non-Indian Made.

Warrior Pipe Bone Fringed Turquoise Thin Breastplate- A Creation You'll Love To Wear



This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with pony beads, side leather fringe, glass beads and feathers. The breastplate is done with died blue turquoise hairpipe bone beads and white hairpipe bone beads in the middle. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth Mother, were held together with leather. Also Pictured: Turquoise Bone Choker And Turquoise Glass Bead Concho Fringed Choker.
Non-Indian Made.

Lady's Breastplate/ Bodyshield
Handmade with Hairpipe bone and beads.

Non-Indian Made.

Apache Style Buffalo Horn Breastplate Breastplate
Handmade with Hairpipe bone and beads.

Non-Indian Made.

Buffalo Tooth Breastplate

Handmade with 6 cm hairpipe Bone, beads and buffalo teeth Bones Breast plate with teeth. Non-Indian Made.

 


Handmade Native American Beaded Breastplate From Tribal Impressions

Warrior's Pipe Bone Beaded Breast Plate
This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated
with beads and has center hand beaded strip. Very stricking and sharp looking.
Non-Indian Made.

Attractive Handmade Half Breastplate/Choker

Really attractive medium length handmade Black Breastplate/Bone Choker handmade with hairpipe bones, leather fringe, feathers, metal beads and shell concho. Non-Indian Made.

Attractive Handmade Half Breastplate/Choker

Really attractive medium length handmade Breastplate/Bone Choker handmade with hairpipe bones, leather fringe, feathers and metal beads with concho. Non-Indian Made.

Thunderbird Beaded Bone Choker/Breastplate
Handmade with hairpipe bone beading and hand done beadwork.
Non-Indian Made.


Attractive White On White Handmade Half Breastplate/Choker

Really attractive medium length handmade White On White Breastplate/Bone Choker handmade with hairpipe bones, leather fringe, feathers and metal beads with concho. Non-Indian Made.

MEDICINE MAN PIPE BONE BREAST PLATE

This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with Pony Beads and Leather fringe. It measures approximately 8-1⁄2" by 14". Two 17" long black ribbons tie off around the neck and two more 18" long black ribbons tie off on the back. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth Mother, were held together with leather. Non-Indian Made.

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TRIBAL AND WESTERN IMPRESSIONS
817 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626 , Phone: 512-864-2081
Located On Historic Georgetown Courthouse Square
Right Across The Street Form The Old Movie Theater!

Click Here For Map To Location And Grand Opening!
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