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Turquoise thunderbird pendant with stamped swinging bail.
Fred Harvey Era
P313 - $40 SOLD
Paula says - "The original bail on this vintage thunderbird pendant from the Fred Harvey era of Indian jewelry has been replaced at some point in time with a different sterling silver bail.
Paula says: "Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
The 1/4" stamped swinging bail lets you wear this pendant on a cable, collar, or chain.
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 Carolina Collection is a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces collected over the years by an avid Native American jewelry lover. She kept wonderful notes and provided us with excellent provenance.
Fred Harvey Era
Fred Harvey was an entrepreneur who created an avenue for Indians to make and sell jewelry to the tourists. Jewelry of the Fred Harvey era has typical Indian kitsch of arrows, tomahawks, tipis, thunderbirds and so on and was most produced from 1930 throughout the 1950s. Read more about Fred Harvey here.
Why isn't this item called Native American?
The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.
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