Carved Corn Pin/Pendant

By Tracey Bowekaty

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Zunis and other Indigenous societies were farmers growing corn as a sustenance crop. Planted and harvested today, corn is called The Mother because it’s cultivated from Mother Earth. The traditional way corn is used acknowledges it as a gift and blessing from the Creator. Many pueblo cultures give Corn Dances. It’s offered to metaphorically feed animal carvings in thankfulness for their traits in nature. Cornmeal or corn pollen is usually carried in a small leather pouch. When natural resources like game animals, irrigation water and clay are used, a prayer and a sprinkling of cornmeal are given in gratitude. Zuni jeweler Tracey Bowekaty's corn honoring pin/pendant is from hand fabricated sterling silver and carved orange spiny oyster shell, inlaid with colorful stones like turquoise and sugilite. About 1 3/8" long and 1" wide. Signed by the artist. The lovely silver snake chain is not included but is sold separately here.

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