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The straps are held in place by rivets at the buckle end and by copper bands on the back of the.
NOS Vintage Sterling Silver
#M534 - $350 SOLD
Paula says - "A Ketoh is a heavy wrist band that protects an archer's arm from the snap of the bow string. Originally they were plain thick leather straps. Once silvermsithing became a part of Navajo life, ketohs began to be decorated with silver and stones, usually turquoise. Ketohs were made by and for Native Americans, not the market. Now there is little practical use for these wrist guards but they are still worn on special occasions by both men and women.
"This piece is NOS (new old stock) that was made in the 1970s but was never used - it is brand new vintage!"
The Kingman turquoise stone is set in a smooth bezel on a heavy stamped sterling silver.
Buckles and tips are not sterling silver.
We recently purchased a large collection of vintage but unused Native American artifacts including jewelry, rugs 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 1990s. 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.