NOS Sterling Silver
Paula says - "These sterling silver dreamcatcher feather earrings are NOS - new old stock - made in the 1970s but never used. Each dreamcatcher has a turquoise nugget in the center of the web.
Paula says: "Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
Feathers are Prayers on Wings
Native Americans believe prayers and messages were carried to the Great Spirit on the wings of eagles and other fine birds. A prayer feather can carry your words, thoughts and feelings to the Great Spirit.
Dreamcatchers originated in the Ojibwa Nation and were adopted by Native Americans of a number of different Nations. A dreamcatcher is based on a willow hoop on which is woven a net or web of sinew. It is then decorated with personal and sacred items such as feathers and beads. Some consider the dreamcatcher a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations cultures. Others believe that dreamcatchers protect sleepers from nightmares, allowing only good dreams to pass through and catching bad dreams in the net where they perish in the light of day.
We recently purchased a large collection of vintage but unused Native American artifacts including jewelry, rugss and pottery. It was part of the estate of a Navajo woman who was a missionary that worked with Native Americans in Four Corners - the area of the American southwest where four states meet- New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. As a single parent, she raised 5 daughters and a son while also providing food, shelter, and clothing to less fortunate people that needed assistance. Often she was thanked for her help by gifts of Native American items.
Most of the items in this collection are from the 1970s to the 1980s. We offer these items to you with great respect and with the information we received from the family plus our research.
We named the collection after one of the pieces in the group, a hand carved Navajo fetish necklace honoring the Sacred White Buffalo.
BUFFALO MEDICINE - The appearance of White Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. White Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness. Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The Medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.
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.
Our Bargain Barn
is a mixed bag of new and used items. They might come from
inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. We'll
give you as much information as we can, but often the materials, date and origin
For pawn items visit our Vintage Shop.
For new items visit our New Jewelry Store.