Native American Necklaces

Hopi Man in the Maze Pendant

$250.00

Hopi Man in the Maze Pendant

This Sterling silver deep overlay by Lucinda Namoki. The Great Seal of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indians  is this ancient pattern. The pattern figured in Pima baskets and represents the Maze.  Legend says it helps children understand the meaning of life.

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Hopi Man in the Maze Pendant

Native American Hopi Made Man in the Maze Pendant by Lucinda Namoki

This large Sterling silver pendant of the Man in the Maze was done in deeply cut overlay. This piece was created by Hopi silversmith Lucinda Namoki. The Great Seal of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is this ancient pattern. The pattern figured for untold years in Pima baskets and represents the Maze, or house of “Se-eh-ha.” The legend states the “Man in the Maze” helps children understand the meaning of life. The maze depicts experiences and choices we make in our journey through life. It illustrates the search for balance—physical, social, mental and spiritual. In the middle of the maze are found a persons dreams and goals. Legend says when we reach the center, the Sun God is there to greet us, bless us and pass us into the next world. The pendant is 1.75 inches in diameter.

 

Dimensions:

1.75 in. dia.; 23.1 grams

SKU

Lucinda Namoki–4197

Native American jewelry, handmade by various artists from several different tribes. Crafted from sterling silver and accented with gorgeous, natural materials, our vast collection of indigenous made American jewelry offers unique pieces of wearable art.

Hopi Man in the Maze Pendant

Jewelry plays a large role in Native American culture. It tells stories, holds history, and represents spiritual beliefs and cultures of every tribe across America.

Beginning as early as 12,000 years ago, jewelry-making was unique to the respective geographic area of each tribe, featuring natural materials that could only be found in surrounding environments. This allowed tribes to offer slight variations in designs since the supplies necessary to craft these delicate accessories were major trade items. Jewelry-making has evolved in technique and materials used over the years, but still is a primary focus of indigenous culture today.

We have access to jewelry from the Algonquin, Apache, Hopi, Lakota, Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Zuni people.

Several materials are used to craft these beautiful pieces of wearable art. From beads and bear claws to turquoise, the “stone of life,” that holds a special significance in indigenous American culture, every piece of jewelry will tell a story.

Two types of jewelry: Metalwork & Beadwork

Metalwork: This type consists of working metals into different components that are then fashioned into earrings, pendants, rings, bolos and more. The technique of silversmithing was learned from the Spanish in the 1800s and, since then, the Native American people have made it their own.

Beadwork involved intricately grinding turquoise, coral, shell and other materials to create a Heishi necklace. The technique also included carving individual bead pieces from wood and bone, and then carefully stitching these unique beads together to create one masterpiece.

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