Native American Sterling Silver Inlay Thunderbird Peyote Bird Earrings

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Randolph Lateyice - Zuni Sterling Silver and Inlay
Thunderbird Earrings

HK Item #NE385 - Wire and Post Styles

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Handmade sterling,silver  Turquoise Needlepoint post earrings.

Size
1 1/2" total length
3/4" wide
Material
Mother of Pearl (MOP), jet, coral, and turquoise, (Read about stones)
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Hallmarks
R.L.
ZUNI
Artist
Randolph Lateyice, Zuni

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Paula says - "The amount of work in these earrings is amazing and the quality of the work is exceptional. They are made from many intricately cut and fitted pieces of Mother of Pearl, Acoma Jet, Turquoise and Coral."

Randolph Lateyice
Zuni Sterling Silver and Inlay
Thunderbird Post Earrings

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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 and 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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