She Bear Ranch Saddlebags

Supaya Gray Wolfe

The Story of The “She Bear Ranch “ Saddle bags

The story here is a woman who now owned her own ranch in South Dakota named it “ She Bear Ranch “ . She is a fighter of Native Woman’s Rights. The bear paw is what she sees to be her own prints as she walks through life – protecting her land and her family. The year 1890 is in heart felt memory of The Massacre of Wounded Knee in Pine Ridge South Dakota. She is of Lakota Heart.


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About this piece

Made from Buffalo Split hide, glass beads ,sewn and beaded with sinew. On each side ( under flap ) is a pocket beaded red to represent a Bear paw claw mark. The button is a stamped U.S. Indian Service Button, made on the original dies by the official government contractor for these buttons, they are solid brass with the correct ,antique copper oxide finish. Originally used byIndian Scouts and Indian police. Inside the pocket is lined with 3 BrandBroadcloth . 80% wool. First seen among the Osage in the late 1800’s. The plants beaded on the saddlebags are all plants that bears eat. 1890 is to remember the Wounded Knee Massacre.



tan, black, red, blue, green

Made of

buffalo hide, glass beads, sinew

Care instructions

Handle with care



Supaya Gray Wolfe


Supaya’s education comes from living on different reservations, Cherokee reservation, Pine Ridge South Dakota Lakota reservation, and the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Learning from elders, seeing and sharing old designs, listening and learning old stories. It was and is a good school for the heart.