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Paula says -
"This beautifully crafted swinging thunderbird pin pendant has superb inlay of clear turquoise, red coral, Acoma jet, and mother of pearl."
This versatile piece has a 1/8" bail for use as a pendant and a locking pin finding for use as a pin.
Penny in above photo shows scale of item.
|The Thunderbird is a cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from medal dies from the white man. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.|