Carol and Wilson Begay, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Tufa Cast Turquoise Ketoh (Bowguard)
HK Item #NBK21

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Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artists Carol and Wilson Begay

size   
Tied as shown in bottom photo it will fit a 8 1/4" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for anywhere from a 5 1/2" to 9" and larger wrist or arm.

4" tall
weight    
131 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
turquoise, Read about stones;
black leather
artists
Carol and Wilson Begay, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artists Carol and Wilson Begay

Tufa cast and hand stamped sterling silver.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artists Carol and Wilson Begay

Supple and durable leather 4" tall.

Using holes as shown it will fit an 8 1/4" wrist or arm but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for a larger wrist by leaving a gap where the ends meet. For a smaller wrist you can punch new holes and trim the leather to fit as small as a 5 1/2" wrist.

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Carol and Wilson Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Ketoh (Bowguard) Leather Cuff

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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 when deciding on a ketoh size to fit you."

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

The above photos of similar ketohs on a man's wrist shows two of the ways this type of leather cuff can be worn.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artists Carol and Wilson Begay

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artists Carol and Wilson Begay

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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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What does Tufa Cast mean?

Tufa cast, or sand cast, items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using tuff stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, tufa stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped. Read more . . .

ABOUT TURQUOISE

Turquoise is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

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