Nooke doodem clan ring

Clan ring product information


Title: Nooke N'Doodem
Type: Ojibwe-style graphic overlay ring with bear clan symbol (with three or four toes according to your preference)
Materials: 14K palladium white gold
Width: 0.135 inch / 8 mm
Price from: 1,583 USD* / 1,448 CAD* 
Item #  9-1 G

Nooke Doodem ring executed in sterling silver:**
Price: from 405 USD* / 445 CAD* 
Item #  9-1 S
Prices are indicative and depend on ring sizes, the current gold or silver price, and the actual currency rates. 
*Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded. Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.         
**With oxidized/blackened bear paw design 

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Some considerations when measuring ring sizes:

Professional sizing methods are more reliable and accurate than online or at-home methods. Professional sizing can be done at a local reputable jeweler.

It is important to take into account the width of your ring band as wider bands typically require a larger size to fit comfortably. It is therefore always best to be sized with a professional jeweler's ring sizer of the same width as the one you intend to purchase.

The best size is usually the ring that fits snugly and gives a little resistance when you take it off. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

The function and purpose of the Bear Clan

Makwa paw prints

To the Haudenosaunee, the People of the Longhouse, the Bear Clan people are known as Medicine People, the healers of the Nation. Tradition has it that the Bear Clan people, called Ohkwá:ri by the Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), Ohkwá:li by the Onayotekaono (Oneida) and Hodidjioiñi’'g by the Onondowahga (Seneca), were given the gift of Medicine from an elder woman who had the knowledge of all the medicine plants on Earth.

Nooke ("Tender") is the name that the Anishinaabe Peoples (Ojibweg, Oodaawaag, and Bodéwadmiik) use for their bear clan – which has always been the most powerful and numerous doodem of the Nation. From of old, Makwa the bear has been looked upon as the most spiritually empowered of all animals and as a grandfather who is closely related to humans. The elders tell us that he is a powerful bawaagan (grandfather/spirit guide-appearing-in dreams), whom GICHI-MANIDOO (the Great Mystery) ordained to walk the Earth as a spiritual leader so that he would show the People the way into the dream world and teach our mashkikiiwininiwag and mashkikiiikekwikwewag (medicine men and women) the medicinal use of herbs. As bears personify their lodge, members of the Midewiwin perform makomiikana “(following of) the bear path” rituals in order to advance from a lower to a higher degree in their society.

Bear clan people represent at least two of the seven Grandfather Teachings that stem from the time when our ancestors still lived in the dawn Land along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean: Debwewin (Truth), and Aakode'ewin (Courage). Of all Teachings, the virtue of aakode’ewin is deemed especially meaningful, for, as the Elders tell us, being brave is not about being audacious or acting the most daring or mighty, but being brave enough to incorporate all other teachings into one’s life, even if that means standing alone in the community. Makwa was therefore chosen to represent the law of Bravery and to represent the Warrior doodem, in charge of defense. Bear clan people, therefore, are the guardians of the traditions, our decision makers and legal specialists, the medics, and the police force of our communities and Nation.

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