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Frances Begay - Navajo Sterling Silver Chip Inlay
Peyote Water Bird Pendant
HK Item #NP100

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Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver Peyote Bird

Stones  
Turquoise, Coral
Height  
1 5/8"
Width  
1 1/8 "
Hallmarks   
FB STERLING
Artist
Frances Begay, Navajo

About Frances Begay

Frances Begay is a Navajo silversmith with over 50 years of experience. She began making jewelry in the 1950s, selling her jewelry to her grammar school teachers while attending Phoenix Indian School. In the 1980s, Frances sold her jewelry at the Portal in downtown Santa Fe where one of her sons now makes and sells jewelry.

Frances and her husband Russell have been married for 37 years and raised 4 sons, two of whom are full time silversmiths. Frances does some of the nicest work we have seen and we are proud to be able to offer her items in our web store.

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Frances Begay
Navajo Sterling Silver Chip Inlay
Peyote Water Bird Pendant

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Paula says -

"This is the nicest waterbird/peyote bird we have seen. Beautiful hand stamping and chip inlay of natural turquoise and Mediterranean Coral. A very heavy piece with a fixed bail. Since each pendant is made by hand the stamping and chip inlay may vary ever so slightly from the photo."

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver Peyote Bird

Sterling silver cable shown is not included.

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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 the white man's medal dies. 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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