HANDMADE NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY


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Navajo cluster jewelry is a traditional style of Diné jewelry.


The word heishi (pronounced hee-shee) means ‘shell necklace’, and is the word used to refer to the intricate strands of handmade beads of shell, and in modern times, stone. The word heishe comes from the Keres language, which is spoken by the people of the Kewa Pueblo, formerly known as the Santo Domingo Pueblo.


In the Southwest, the Squash Blossom necklace is recognized as the most significant piece in any collection of handmade Native American jewelry.