Navajo Waterbird Pin
This is a great figure most likely representing the Aquatic Prayer Bird, which is also called the Peyote Bird and Ghost Dance Bird. Originally a Paiute spiritual figure, the bird was adopted by most of the tribes during the Ghost Dance period. It then became the main symbol linked to the Native American Church. The bird was significant because it was able to carry the prayers of the people to the Creator. The pin is entirely hand-cut, and has heavy stamp work and a turquoise domed cabochon. 2 1/2" long, 1 5/8" wide. Circa 1920.
Medium: Turquoise and Silver
Size: 2 1/2" x 1 5/8"
Location/Origin: Arizona, Navajo, New Mexico, Southwest
Our Product ID: D1956