The shield symbol, a design theme throughout the Panther Woman collection, symbolizes the strength and courage of our Chickasaw women throughout history. The shield represents how women are the defenders of their families, communities, and culture. Panther Woman, the namesake of the collection, is a historical heroine from Chickasaw oral tradition. The design represents a sun disk pattern commonly found on ancient southeastern shell carvings from the Chickasaw homelands.
The story of the Chickasaw Hatchet Women served to inspire the many generations that followed them. As a contemporary Chickasaw artist I look to our history to guide me. This ring, with it’s subtle sun disk detailing, is designed to balance and focus the wearer in order to follow their chosen direction.
This ring is cast in sterling silver and set with aquamarine. The Shield ring is with an adjustable ring band and the Directional ring is size 7.
The Hatchet Women ~ Indigenous Resistance since 1736
During the French Indian Wars of the 1730s, villages in our southeastern homelands were under attack by French Soldiers looking to take our resources and harm our people. However, they were stopped by Chickasaw women. Armed with hatchets and skilled in combat, these unconquerable women forced the French to retreat.