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American Indian Artifacts
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Native American Indian Jewelry History
Native American Indian Jewelry has been found in excavations of prehistoric ruins. Bead making is an ancient craft. Bead necklaces are often called heishe, from the Santo Domingo word for shell. Seashells are the most common material used for beads. Seashells used in Native American Jewelry are Spiny Oyster Shell, Mother of Pearl, Abalone, Conch and Clam. They have been important trade items in the Southwest for over 1,000 years.
Native American Jewelry using silver work is not an ancient art. It was learned from the Mexican Silversmiths in the 1850s. Mexican Silversmiths would trade their Silver Trinkets for cattle from the Navajo. This association would lead the Navajo Blacksmiths to learn the art of Silver making. Navajo sand casting is one of the oldest silver working techniques among the Navajo. The Navajo Indians traded their jewelry with Zuni Indians for livestock. One of the Navajo early silversmiths taught the Zuni the art of silversmithing around 1872. Later a Zuni silversmith taught the Hopi silversmithing around 1890. The Native American Artists never mined the silver used in making their jewelry.
Native American Indian Jewelry Styles
Native American Indians are known worldwide for their beautiful jewelry.
Each Native American Indian Tribe has their own unique style of jewelry making. Although over the years various artists from the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Santo Domingo have made jewelry that is not considered a style from their tribe.
The Zuni Indian Jewelry techniques include mosaic, channel inlay, cluster, needlepoint and petit point using a variety of stones and shells.
The Navajo Indian Jewelry Artists are famous for their Squash Blossom Necklaces. Navajo Jewelry Artists use larger pieces of turquoise, coral and other stones surrounded by distinctive scrolls, beads and leaf patterns made of sterling silver. Navajo's are the largest producers of Native American jewelry.
The Hopi Indian Silversmiths use the overlay technique with infrequent use of stones in their jewelry. Making jewelry with the overlay technique involves sawing the design out of one sheet of silver and then overlaying it on a second sheet to which it is then sweated or soldered. The background is oxidized to darken it with the top layer of the jewelry polished.
The Santo Domingo Indians have been making bead jewelry since ancient times. They use Seashells, Turquoise, Jet and Coral in their jewelry. Our featured Santo Domingo Artists are members of the Palace of the Governors program located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are held to strict standards in making their jewelry such as Heishi beads must be cut, drilled and ground by hand. This is a painstaking process: a single necklace may require the fashioning of hundreds of tiny beads.
All of the Native American Indian Tribes use Sterling Silver in their jewelry. Sterling Silver is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Silver is very soft so copper is added which makes it malleable.
The American Southwest is home to the various Native American Indian Tribes that make our beautiful jewelry.
The Navajo Indian Nation is located in the northern portion of Arizona and New Mexico. It is the largest reservation.
The Hopi Indian Reservation is located in Arizona.
The Santo Domingo Pueblo is located in New Mexico.
The Zuni pueblo is located in New Mexico.
Native American Jewelry making skills are taught from one generation to the next. There are also a variety of schools to learn Native American Jewelry making skills. However, families take pride in continuing the traditions of artist excellence and a sense of pride in themselves and their culture.
In the beginning it was enough to know which tribe made the Native American Jewelry. Later Native American Jewelry Artists started marking their jewelry with their initials. The stamps used to mark the jewelry are handed down from one generation to the next so the initials may be their parents or grandparents.
KOKOPELLI is known as the fertility God - flute player- shape changer- and is approximately 2000 years old, to this day he is found painted or carved on the walls of ancient Indian dwellings. He was believed to bring prosperity to anyone who listened to his songs..... His flute symbolizes happiness and joy. He would appear after a harsh winter in the new spring and speak to the wind and sky. .......In the millennium when the earth was young, the early people of turtle Island living peacefully in what is now known as the southwest as cliffdwellers perched high atop steep-sided mesas. They trapped rain water and irrigated the valleys below and as farmers, gatherers and hunters they lived in harmony with Mother and walked softly on her back. One day they came under attack by a large unknown force. ( possibly Athabaskins) The attackers soon realized they could not get into the latticed dwellings. They decided to lay siege and to starve the people into surrender. The plight of the people became desperate. Food and water supplies ran low and they prayed to the Great Spirit to save the children. Then from out of no-where appeared Kokopelli, playing his flute and danced right though the invaders before they realized what was happening gathered the children behind him. He led them to the steep edge of the cliffs at the east end of the mesa, facing the morning sun. His flute became silent. As the parents hugged and kissed and said farewell to all the children, Kokopelli shape- changed them into beautiful Monarch butterflies and they flew off to freedom....each spring these beautiful butterflies return to turtle Island from there breeding grounds deep in the safe jungles where the Aztec and Maya people once flourished. The disappearance of the Ancient Ones remains a mystery to this day.
"FIND THE VORTEX AND WALK THE RED ROAD SOFTLY ON MOTHER'S BACK AND IN BALANCE WITH HER NATURE.... THAN YOU! MAY CALL HER HOME." Akkeeia
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