Native jewelry in the Eastern Woodlands tradition of excellence
The Native Bear Symbol represents strength, family, vitality, courage, and health. The bear is thoughtful and independent, with little need for fellowship. The bear is also self-contained and strong-willed in nature.
Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth or the Earth Mother) is a personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother.
The meaning of the Dancer was to signify a celebration or ritual dance and celebration.
Using natural materials, native artist Elizabeth James Perry of the Aquinnah Wampanoag practices the art of making wampum jewelry, a traditional craft passed down through generations. Her deep respect for traditional wampum-making are evidenced in these meticulously crafted and freshly-inspired designs.
Shells were sculpted; some used to make beads, which were then woven with geometric designs into rich purple and white belts and collars. This form, called "wampum" from the Wampanoag word* for the white shell beads: Wampumpeag, is culturally significant to eastern Native nations, who use the belts for ceremonial observances, for trade; historically to record messages and treaties, for inlay, and as an especially wholesome form of adornment.
Pendant on soft leather twisted strap of 18" length.
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