Being a member of multiple military society lodges, the Holy Man owner of this lance would typically be a highly respected Tribal Elder. With all the awarded coups and captured medicine attached to this ‘lodge lance,’ the owner would be seen holding numerous ‘badges of office’ being both an accomplished warrior and respected elder within the tribe. Possessing this lance afforded the owner speaking rights at all gatherings and military society meetings as an emblem denoting senior tribal prestige and distinguished honors. Typically, the owner of a Bear Clan Holy Man’s Lodge Lance would be buried with his lance as it was not transferable to his heirs. This lance is indicative of great spiritual prowess and tribal esteem. At the head of the lance is a “Holy Man’s” banner with four sacred arrow effigies representing the ‘Four-Fold Truths’ handed down verbally by the ‘ancients.’ Also seen are three beaded “earth and sky” blue and red lodge emblems denoting three Society Lodge memberships and a “whirlwind” dragonfly depicted with a raw-hide effigy on the reverse side showing the owner to be of highly spiritual prominence and authority within the tribal hierarchy. There are two beaded bear paw effigies, one with red trade cloth and the other with blue trade cloth indicating that this elder warrior is conversant with the truths of both the “Earth and Sky”. This actually denotes his ability to comprehend situations of both spiritual and material matters.
These two effigies also show that the owner was a member of the “bear clan”, common to most Plains tribal groups. As such, these effigies indicate that the owner possesses the “supernatural” powers of Healing and Courage attributed to the female grizzly bear. As with war bonnets, Golden Eagle tail feathers indicate coups awarded by military society leaders for acts of valor and courage particularly in battle and if adorned with black hair at the feather tips, it meant that the recipient had great integrity and purity. This lance would only be carried into lodge meetings or in counsel gatherings where other tribal leaders would be gathered. 90"L; feathers and horse hair drops 30"; front pony beaded banner with medicine bags 40".
SIZE: 90"L; Drops 30"