Medicine Bear Mountain

Ojibwe wedding rings Mashkiki Makwa Wajiw

Wedding rings product information

Title: Mashkiki Makwa Wajiw (Medicine Bear Mountain)
Type: Ojibwe-style graphic overlay wedding ring with stylized designs of bear paws, a mountain, stars, and a topaz stone mounted on the ladies' ring; oxidized recesses/outlines
Materials: Sterling silver
; a 0.059 inch brilliant-cut blue topaz in the ladies' ring
Thickness: 0.071 in (1.8 mm)
Width: 0.315 in / 8 mm
Set price from: 584.00
 USD* / 728.00 CAD* / 600 EUR**
Item: SILVERWR-22

*Prices are indicative and depend on the current silver price and ring sizes. Shipping costs and US and Canadian tax rates excluded** Price in Euros is indicative, Dutch BTW includedshipping costs excludedPlease see Order guide for information on costs of delivery.

 

Please note that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.

The Story of the Bear Medicine Rings


The story of these wedding bands is inspired by a dibaajimowin - a true story or chronicle, based on personal experiences.  

In July 2015, I spent a week in Animikii-wiikwedong (Thunder Bay), Ontario. Here, in the shadow of Nibaad Misaabe, the Sleeping Giant, and standing on top of Animikii-wajiw, the Thunderbird Mountain (called Mount McKay by Euro-Canadians) which is located south of the bay, I pondered about the story of how long ago the beloved manidoo Wiinabozho, friend of the Anishinaabeg People, turned to stone overnight in order to protect the sacred silver of the bay against the greed of the European invaders. 

This was just minutes before I had an encounter with a makade noozhek (a black female bear), right by the edge of the nest where the Thunderbirds rest during winter. The bear walked on all fours as she came out of the bushes, strolling around the corner in a leisurely way. When she saw me she stood on her hind legs and looked at me with a mixture of surprise and curiosity. I stood face to face with her for about 15 seconds; there were about 6 yards in between us. I am pretty sure her cubs were hiding in the bushes but she let me go unharmed. I took that as a good sign. A lady friend from Fort William First Nation explained to me later that she (that bear) was probably up there by Crescent Lake eating berries with her cubs...Good medicine! 

The rings feature stylized designs of bear paws (which represent the bear and the gift of Medicine) and the Thunderbird Mountain; seven dots placed above the mountain represent the Grandfathers that dwell in the Sky. The blue topaz stone mounted at the base of the mountain (in the ladies' ring) symbolizes Animikii-wiikwedong, the Thunder Bay.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of precious metals is fluctuating weekly. Although prices on this website are being updated on a regular base, they are merely indicative. Contact us for a customized price quotation if you find a set of wedding or clan rings or a piece of jewelry you are interested in orderingPlease do not forget to mention the item number and the exact ring sizes in case you ask for a price quotation for wedding rings or clan rings.

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.

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