Art Tafoya, Yaqui - Sterling Silver
Yaqui Ketoh (Bowguard)
HK Item #NBK09

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Authentic Native American sterling silver ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Yaqui  artist Art Tafoya

Authentic Native American sterling silver ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Yaqui  artist Art Tafoya

3 1/2" tall at front tapering to 2 1/2" at ends.

Authentic Native American sterling silver ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Yaqui  artist Art Tafoya

Supple and durable leather.

 

Art Tafoya, Yaqui
Sterling Silver
Ketoh (Bowguard) Leather Cuff

NBK09 - $500 plus s/h       

Paula says - "Ketohs are very adjustable. You can punch more holes in the leather to make the cuff smaller and then either overlap the leather or cut off the excess. To make the cuff larger you can use the laces provide to open up the cuff or you can add longer laces if necessary.

"We use the term "wrist" when talking about size but since ketohs are so wide, they actually fit up onto the lower portion of the forearm, so you will need to take that into consideration.

Size   
Tied as shown it will fit an 7" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments above.

3 1/2" tall at front tapering to 2 1/2" at ends
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
leather
Artist
Art Tafoya, Yaqui

Authentic Native American sterling silver ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Yaqui  artist Art Tafoya

 

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What is a Bow Guard or Ketoh?

The bow guard originated as a heavy wrist band used to protect an archer's arm from the snap of the bow string. At first it was a plain thick leather strap. Later other stiff materials such as metal were added. Navajo began making bow guards are early as 1895. The Navajo bow guard is called a ketoh. It consists of a metal plate affixed to a leather wrist or arm piece.

Today decorated ketohs and Plains Indian beaded wrist guards are worn mainly for ceremonial and social occasions, including dancing at pow wows. There has been a recent surge in popularity of bow guards as a jewelry item for both men and women.
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