Iniskim is a roughly translated word in First Nations language to mean good fortune. However, for the Blackfoot tribe, it has a special meaning in order to describe the ammolite, which is also known as "Buffalo stone" to the tribe. Ammolite is so extraordinary to these people that a legend has been created to tell the story of the buffalo stone. The legend is as follows:
Legend tells of a very harsh winter where the Blackfoot tribe faced starvation. A young woman within the tribe decided to prevent her people from this fate and thus she underwent a vision quest. While sleeping, the spirit of the buffalo entered her dream realm and revealed to her a beautiful yet powerful gemstone. The buffalo spirit told her that "if you have possession of the stone, hunger shall elude you, your health will go unchallenged, and your well-being will be unquestioned." She immediately woke from her dream and left the tribe behind in order to search for the stone. When she found the stone in a cave, the stone spoke to her and told her of ways to call back the buffalo. The young woman used the stone as directed and upon her return to camp the morning after, herds of buffalo appeared in the plains. Thus, the tribe's hardships had been diminished.
Buffalo Stone Baculite
This baculite art piece has very little color. However, it does definitely take on the appearance of a buffalo due to its shape. It is currently for sale under our art piece section.
Ammonite Art Piece
This non-gem grade Ammonite art piece has beautiful suture patterns to give the outline of buffalo hide and the appearance of a face
Gem Grade Ammonite Art Piece
Beautiful gem grade Ammonite art piece has amazing purple and green dragon-skin patterns throughout it. If you look closer (and use your imagination), you can see the outline of a buffalo.