Crosses of this type were provided by French fur traders in the early 1800s. Double-barred crosses of this type were identified by church officials as “archiepiscopal pectoral, processional crosses.” There is no evidence that crosses worn by native people in that period had a purely religious meaning; rather, they were consider as attractive ornamentation. Some authorities believe that the heart symbol denotes courage.
This cross is 5 and 1/2 inches long and has peircings, cut outs and rocker engraving.