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Canada 2016 Wanduta - Portrait of a Native American Chief $50 5 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Proof with Color GX

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An extremely rare opportunity - a Native American Indian chief on a huge tableau! Chief Wanduta protested the discriminatory laws of Canada the penalized Indians for their native cultural practices. Get this huge 5 troy ounce pure silver proof coin with full color today! Mintage just 1,200, and it sold out at the Mint on pre-release!

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Sold out at the Mint!In a time when certain cultural practices of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples were regulated or prohibited, individuals such as Wanduta risked prosecution to safeguard their sacred traditions. This five troy ounce pure silver proof coin with full color honors the Dakota (Sioux) elder and spiritual healer for his dedication to preserving cultural rites such as ceremonial dances, which are an integral expression of their Dakota identity.

Investment Opportunity!As a spiritual healer (medicine man or shaman), Chief Wanduta was a leading defender of traditional Native American practices. He traveled to Ottawa to protest the federal government's restrictive policies. However, upon his return, he was arrested for “hosting” the dance in Rapid City and was convicted for this violation of the giveaway ban. On January 26, 1903, he was sentenced to four months of hard labor and imprisonment at the Brandon jail. Attempts to secure clemency proved futile as Wanduta served his entire sentence, but he remained undeterred. He continued his spiritual practices after his release. In doing so, Wanduta cemented his reputation as a heyoka, a respected member of sacred Dakota societies. In his own time he was revered for his abilities to help his people, and is remembered today for his efforts to keep tradition alive.

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Sioux_Dakota_Native_American_Chief_WandutaInvestment Note - A Native American chief, his regalia in full color, on a five troy ounce silver proof - with a total mintage of just 1,200! We can not stress strongly enough what an opportunity this is! This huge five ouncer sold out at the Mint on pre-release. The mintage limit is downright tiny, so grab yours now!

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A Noble Portrait of a Dignified Leader
The design by Canadian artist Darlene Gait features a full-face portrait of Wanduta (Red Arrow), a Sioux Valley Dakota Chief who defended the community’s ceremonial dance rites when such activities were prohibited under the Indian Act. The application of full color over the meticulous engraving captures the beautiful complexities of Wanduta’s traditional regalia, circa 1913. Finely detailed engraving adds texture to the eagle feathers that adorn his full headdress, as well as the beautifully colored beads that are woven in a geometric design on the headband above Wanduta’s brow. Around the spiritual healer’s neck is an Indian peace medal (treaty medal) depicting King George III - a symbolic display of the Dakota leader’s peaceful intentions and a reminder of the tribe's historic alliances with the British.

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Chief Wanduta and the Indian Act
Ceremonial dances are time-honored traditions that reinforce and strengthen kinship and social ties, and spiritual well-being among communities. The Indian Act was first introduced in 1876 by the federal government of Canada to consolidate previous ordinances. Its scope evolved pver time to cover a wide range of issues, from defining a legal identity to managing land use and establishing local governance.

Canada 2016 Chief Wanduta 5 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Proof As a spiritual healer (medicine man or shaman), Chief Wanduta was a leading defender of traditional Native American practices. He traveled to Ottawa to protest the federal government's restrictive policies. However, upon his return, he was arrested for “hosting” the dance in Rapid City and was convicted for this violation of the giveaway ban. On January 26, 1903, he was sentenced to four months of hard labor and imprisonment at the Brandon jail. Attempts to secure clemency proved futile as Wanduta served his entire sentence, but he remained undeterred. He continued his spiritual practices after his release. In doing so, Wanduta cemented his reputation as a heyoka, a respected member of sacred Dakota societies. In his own time he was revered for his abilities to help his people, and is remembered today for his efforts to keep tradition alive.

Who knew Canadians could be such hard-asses? The 1895 amendment to the Indian Act (Section 114) criminalized many Native American ceremonies, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of numerous Aboriginal people for practicing their basic traditions. These arrests were based on aboriginal participation in festivals, dances and ceremonies that involved the wounding of animals or humans, or the giving away of money or goods. The Dakota (Sioux) people who settled in Oak River, Manitoba, in 1875 were known to conduct "give-away dances", also known as the "grass dance". The dance ceremony involved the giving away and exchange of blankets and horses; thus it breached Section 114 of the Indian Act. As a result, Wanduta, an elder of the Dakota community, was sentenced to four months of hard labor and imprisonment on January 26, 1903.

The Native American "give-away dances" were ceremonies more commonly known as potlatches that connected entire communities politically, economically and socially. These dances affirmed kinship ties, provided elders with opportunities to pass on insight, legends and history to the next generation, and were a core part of aboriginal resistance to assimilation. It is estimated that between 1900 and 1904, more than 50 native people were arrested and twenty convicted for their involvement in such dances. The Indian Act was finally amended in 1951 to allow religious ceremonies, including the "give-away dance". By 2002, more than twenty major amendments had been made to the original Act, including the 1951 removal of discriminatory cultural and spiritual restrictions.

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Investment Note
Here's a coin with a ton of investment potential, to say nothing of cachet! It's huge (nearly 3 inches in diameter) and stuck in the purest silver refined anywhere in the world - .9999 fine! The Native American theme is extremely popular, too! Then there's that extremely low mintage limit - only 1,200! Don't let it sell out on you, get yours today!

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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2016 Chief Wanduta 5 Ounce Silver Proof In BoxPurity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This five troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
The design by Canadian artist Darlene Gait features a full-face portrait of Wanduta (Red Arrow), a Sioux Valley Dakota Chief. The date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend reads ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God").

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color, custom cardboard box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value Fifty Dollars
Weight 157.60 g
Diameter 65.25 mm
Mintage Limit      1,200
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Certificate Individually Numbered
Artist Darlene Gait

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