Honorary Lakota Chief Two Moon Meridas Pope Visit White Buffalo Heraldry Banner For Sale
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Honorary Lakota Chief Two Moon Meridas Pope Visit White Buffalo Heraldry Banner :
The white buffalo is the most sacred symbol of many native american cultures. Chief Two Moons, although never confirmed of his of Native American ancestry, was a revered herbal apothecary of the early twentieth century who, through his generosity to the Lakota Sioux during the great depression, was honored with the title of chief at a ceremony attended by over 8000 from the tribe. It is likely that Two Moons--because of this help and the great hardships that these Native Americans endured during one of our nations toughest periods--was considered a "White Buffalo" or great hope, and thus the symbolism on the banner. I do not know the significance of the white, red, yellow and grey/blue colors on the shield but colors often have symbolism in Native American culture.
"The Native Americans see the birth of a white buffalo calf as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches today. Where the Christian faithful who visit these signs see them as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as the sign to begin life's sacred hoop. "The arrival of the white buffalo is like the second coming of Christ," says Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala Medicine Man from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. "It will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and ;unify all nations—black, red, yellow, and white." He sees the birth of a white calf as an omen because they happen in the most unexpected places and often among the poorest people in the nation. The birth of the sacred white buffalo provides those within the Native American community with a sense of hope and an indication that good times are to come."
Given the design this banner is likely from his audience with Pope Pius XI in 1930 and shows a symbol of the white buffalo in a shield with his signature Two Moons on the top. The shield shape is the same as used by the Coat of Arms of the Vatican City State. The banner is velvet with what seems to be possibly "natural" material colored as shown. His initials C. T. M. M. are prevalent on the top as shown. There is a metal bracket to hold the banner. The stationary is his from his business in Waterbury, Connecticut and is on Centurion brand parchment, and shows the heraldry above his name. There is no writing on the paper.
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About Chief Two Moon:
"Chief Two Moon Meridas (ca. 1888–1933) was an American seller of herbal medicine who claimed that he was of Sioux birth. Meridas was born Chico Colon Meridan, son of Chico Meridan and Mary Tumoon; his exact place and date of birth are unclear. Later, his marriage certificate recorded his date of birth as August 29, 1888, but this information in unconfirmed. By 1914 Meridas was selling herbal medicines in the streets of Philadelphia and New York City. In New York he met Helen Gertrude Nugent and later married her. Shortly afterwards they moved to Waterbury, Connecticut. Meridas began to sell his herbal medicines from his house. Contemporary newspaper accounts stated that during the 1918 influenza epidemic, none of his patients died. This increased his prestige and clientele. His most famous product was "Bitter Oil", a laxative that was widely marketed as a cure-all. In 1921 Meridas moved to a larger house and established an extensive and prosperous herb business in a storefront at 1898 East Main Street. He built his own laboratory at 1864 East Main Street in 1925. His business increased to such an extent that he had a fleet of buses for his salesmen and an airplane. He took money only for his products, not his advice. He spent lavishly but also surreptitiously donated to charities and to the poor. In 1928 the Atlantic City gave him the keys to the city when he founded his Indian Temple there. Meridas claimed that he was a Pueblo Indian. However, the United States Department of Interior refused to certify that he was an American Indian, although he was presented as one in his publicity. On August 6, 1930, the Oglala Lakota Sioux of the Pine Ridge Reservation gave him the honorary title of chief, because of his financial help during the Great Depression. In October 1930 Meridas and his wife traveled to Europe to meet Pope Pius XI. On May 3, 1932, Meridas was indicted and later convicted of practicing medicine without a license in New York and Connecticut. In November 1932 Meridas brought 26 Sioux to Waterbury to speak for his defense, some of whom stated that they had taken part in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. They also stated that Meridas had been named an Honorary Chief of the Sioux. They later celebrated at Meridas' Connecticut estate."
This banner is of the highest quality. All the embroidery is brass bullion, with a plush velour (velvet) base material and natural material for the symbol.
The banner measures 39.5 L x 28" W and weighs 3 Pounds