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Yazzie - Navajo
NPN778 - $48 plus s/h
Paula says - "This pin is two pieces, it hinges at the tail. The Peyote Bird is also known as the Water Bird and it is an important symbol of the Native American Indian Church.
"The pin finding is horizontal so you can wear this pin as a pendant using a pin/pendant converter"
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.
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".