acquired from a member of the Seminole Nation Tribe. I was told that this pair of earrings was handcrafted by Native American Navajo silversmiths.
The idea of power animals or totems is a vital part of many indigenous societies. Such animals are considered to be helpers who can be prayed to and asked for assistance when one is in need.
The carving of fetishes is common to all Southwestern Native North American tribes. The carvers pray over their creations. This is believed to release a power connected to the animal which has been carved. This power helps the carver to find the solution to a problem. Bear: Inner Wisdom
Turquoise: ability to enroll others in one's dreams.
Native American / American Indian Designer Bear Pierced Earrings; Navajo / Zuni
Markings/Maker: Sterling; L
Metal: Sterling Silver
Accents: Sawtooth bezel with Turquoise and Coral cabochon gemstones; raised twisted Arrow
Condition: Estate wonderful, just needs to be polished
Size: Approx. 1 1/2" wide x 1 3/4" long including hooks
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