August 17, 2010
Sterling Silver Native American Peace Pipe with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stones
A peace pipe, also called a calumet or medicine pipe, is a ceremonial smoking pipe used by many Native American tribes, traditionally as a token of peace. When I saw this pipe I knew as a collector I had to have it for my store! Crafted by Navajo silversmith Tim Yazzie, it is hand cut, tooled, stamped and polished. Sitting on top are 5 sterling bezels each with 5 Sleeping Beauty mine turquoise stones that were hand cut and polished to matching proportions. On the bottom dangle 4 hand tooled and stamped feathers which add true character to the piece. Mr. Yazzie even added a true sterling pipe screen on the inside that is cut and soldered together with small screen holes to fit in the pipe perfectly. I suppose one could really use it for a ceremony but the silver would get too hot and this is a collectors piece to be shown off!
Please note: Mr. Yazzie made me two of these pipes, each with slightly different pattern designs so they can be one of a kind pieces of art.ARTISTS NAME
Well known Navajo artist Tim Yazzies work can be found in many fine studios and stores for sale across the Southwest as well as across the USA. His silversmith work is amongst the best and we love carrying his pieces. His hallmark had engraved signature as well as “Sterling” are on the bottom.
This pipe measures 6 ½ inches long and .40 inches wide. The actual cylinder on top is 1.6 inches in length or tall and 1 inch across the top. Each feather dangles 1.6 inches down and is .40 inches wide. Each bezel with stone is .40 in length and .25 inches wide
If you are not sure of your wrist size for a bracelet, try these steps. Wrap a loose measuring tape or piece of string around the bone area of your wrist from point to point. Where the measuring tape meets together you will see your wrist size. If using a string, lay it flat on a ruler and you will determine your size. It is highly recommended that you buy only the bracelets that will fit your wrists. To stretch a bracelet to fit on your wrist, not only are you putting stress on the silver but also on the stones – so please know your sizes! All of our items are inspected and mailed with stones intact
August 3, 2010
This new Zuni Fetish Heishe necklace is hand strung on a silver wire with silver hooks on both sides. The heishe beads of genuine Penn Shell as well as turquoise beads are set between 7 fetish pieces. On this necklace is a traditional fish, wolf, badger, eagle, mole fox and rabbit. The fetish figures are hand carved stone or shell that are made of are turquoise, jet, spiny oyster, marble, jasper and quartz. This necklace measures 16 inches.
Native Americans have always felt a special connection to nature. The belief that all things in nature have a spirit is an integral part of their religions, which is part of what makes their creation of fetishes so important to to their cultures. Fetishes are Native American carving of animals, humans or supernatural figurines believed to have inherent power. The most renowned fetish carvers are the Zuni, who call themselves Asiwi (Ah-she-wee), but many Native American tribes create and use fetishes. It is a Zuni belief that animals are more powerful and like their deities than man. They also believe that both practical and spiritual power reside within their fetishes. The Zuni have used fetishes for many purposes: to make game more plentiful, to enable hunters to catch game and to use in curing ceremonies. They may also be used as protection for the community as well as individuals. There are two major groupings of fetishes (and some overlap between them): protective or healing animals, hunting and prey animals. For example, the mountain lion, an animal of both groups, is a source of leadership and resourcefulness. The bear, protective or healing animal, symbolizes strength, introspection, and a spiritual journey though life. The white bear is medicine. The coyote is a hunting animal of laughter, humor and foolishness, the master trickster who tricks himself. Zuni fetishes are totemic and feature inlaid eyes and heart lines, while those of the Navajo are often known as storytellers and are included in fetish necklaces that serves as mnemonics for traditional stories.
As always, this and many other hand-made, breathtaking, authentic items are available at the Wingz of Power site.