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Deer and Coyote

Deer are seen as the cutest things to any city slicker. We grow up so far away from the battles of having them eat crops planted ever so painstakingly, and would love to see them on our own grass... patches. Very little is known about deer in larger metropolitan areas. Here's a bit a interesting deer information:
Every year between January and April deer shed their antlers and begin to grow a completely new set.
There are several contributing factors, and you can read more here if you like.
People set out to find said antlers, combing the land, and encountering some impressive racks indeed!
The antlers used in Pigeon Heart Designs jewelry are strictly naturally shed, and no deer were harmed what-so-ever in the process.
Like most beautiful things in life- PHD takes stock in many different philosophies and approaches. We are inspired by many different lifestyles, religious systems, earth worship, and the simple practice of gratitude. That being said, in many Native American cultures deer are associated with fertility, intuition, sensitivity, and gentleness. Also, the stag is believed to be the king of the forest; protector of all creatures. In some Mexican tribes, the first parents of the human race were originally deer. Deer are sacred animals to many tribes of Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Often they play a role in creation mythology, and are believed to sacrifice themselves to feed the people. In some creation stories they are considered to be caretakers of the earth. Deer songs and deer dances are common throughout the Southwestern region. In the Huichol tribe of central Mexico, deer are especially sacred and are associated with peyote and traditional spirituality. In Buddhism, the deer symbolizes harmony, happiness, peace and longevity.
Whatever your personal beliefs are- it's always interesting to learn what other eyes see, and hearts hold. 
When wearing jewelry that has a piece of life from deer, perhaps we are blessed with deer medicine and strength ourselves.

The other animal that plays a role to be found in some jewelry of PHD is that of coyote; their teeth and claws. Importantly- please note that none of the coyotes were killed for taxidermy or profit. They are sourced through a woman who works with several Native American gatherers that collect expired animals whom have either become victim to road kill, starvation in the winter months, die of old age or were hunted for food. The Native Americans hold all animals high and believe all the parts of the animal are useful for many purposes. She has been working with all of them for over 15 years now

*Coyote is a major mythological figure for most Native American tribes, especially those west of the Mississippi. Like real coyotes, mythological coyotes are usually notable for their crafty intelligence, stealth, and voracious appetite. However, American Indian coyote characters vary widely from tribe to tribe. In some Native American coyote myths, Coyote is a revered culture hero who creates, teaches, and helps humans; in others, he is a sort of antihero who demonstrates the dangers of negative behaviors like greed, recklessness, and arrogance; in still others, he is a comic trickster character, whose lack of wisdom gets him into trouble while his cleverness gets him back out. In some Native coyote stories, he is even some sort of combination of all three at once. 
*Among the Pueblo tribes, the coyote was believed to have hunting medicine. Zuni hunters kept stone effigies of coyotes as one of their six hunting fetishes, associating coyotes with the west and the color blue. Coyotes are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Coyote Clans include the Cahuilla tribe, the Mohave, the Hopi (whose Coyote Clan is called Isngyam or Ish-wungwa), the Zuni (whose Coyote Clan name is Suski-kwe,) and other Pueblo tribes of New Mexico. Some tribes, such as the Pomo, also had a Coyote Dance among their tribal dance traditions.
We have seen ornate costumes at Powwows and they are a sight to behold.

Feeling good and looking good go hand in hand.
This need not come at anyone's expense.
We are happy to be parts of the reusing/ recycling/ repurposing process~ and ever-so-grateful to the animal spirits for their grand part in this as well.
   

 *explanation taken from site on native languages.


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