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Bobby and Corrine Shack - Zuni Sterling Silver
Inlay Thunderbird Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU179

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Native American Zuni belt buckle stamped Sterling Silver and inlay thunderbird

Material
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Turquoise, coral, jet, mother of pearl,
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Size
3" x 2"
fits 1 1/2" wide belt
Weight
53 grams
Hallmarks
B & C SHACK
ZUNI STERLING
Artist
Bobby and Corrine Shack, Zuni

Native American Zuni belt buckle stamped Sterling Silver and inlay thunderbird

Bobby and Corrine Shack - Zuni
Sterling Silver
Inlay Thunderbird Belt Buckle
NBU179 (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$385 plus s/h

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Paula says - "Impeccable inlay work - great detail - classic Zuni artistry."

Native American Zuni belt buckle stamped Sterling Silver and inlay thunderbird

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Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?

The Water Bird is a symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.

The Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition, but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning, thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas, those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the "sacred clown".

The Thunderbird is a cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from medal dies from the white man. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.

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