This enamel pin depicts one of the most iconic American mammals, the bison. These great beasts roam the prairies of the Western United States, where Native Americans and the buffalo coexisted in a rare balance between nature and man. The sacred bond between man and nature has long existed, and the American Bison perhaps is the best example of this harmony.
These things, however, can certainly change. Manifest Destiny brought Europeans out west, where the Bison were over hunted to the brink of extinction, with the population of 60 million beasts being reduced to around 500.
It's important that we pay attention to the balance of nature, which is part of what has made the recent developments in North Dakota especially concerning. For this reason, for each Grumpy Bison pin purchased, I will be making a $4 donation to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.