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America was home to many different tribes of Native Americans before the Europeans “discovered” America. Each tribe had their own unique culture, spiritual beliefs, and sense of style. Jewelry was a convenient way to carry their wealth as it was easily portable, and of course, decorative....
Native American jewelry production began 12,000 years ago. They transformed materials like shell and stone into wearable jewelry, and tribes across America followed suit with the materials available to them.
At first, the Navajo concentrated on using silver to create concha type jewelry such as concha belts, bracelets, Native American rings, pins, necklaces, and hair ornaments. The Navajo then began using turquoise, a stone very in demand and valued by them, in the 1880s.
By 1872, the Zuni tribe was making Native American jewelry as well as the Navajo. They were already working with copper, brass, and iron. The Zuni, who admired the silver jewelry and the men’s Native American rings made by Navajo smiths, traded livestock for instruction in working silver. Soon one of the Zuni silversmith shared his jewelry making with someone from the Hopi tribe. Each tribe began to develop its own style as they shared information.
Native American jewelry normally reflects the cultural diversity and history of its people, but tribal groups have often borrowed and copied designs and methods from other, neighboring tribes or nations with which they had trade, and this continues today.
Native American artists may create jewelry for adornment, ceremonies, and display, or for sale or trade. Lois Sherr Dubin writes, “in the absence of written languages, adornment became an important element of Indian communication, conveying many levels of information." Later, jewelry and personal adornment signaled resistance to assimilation. It remains a major statement of tribal and individual identity."
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