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The Squash Blossom Necklace
By Erick Begay

The squash blossom necklace is a classic Navajo necklace. The necklace's design is a symbol of acculturation. Its design originates
from early Spanish and Moorsish symbolism and with these cultural influences the squash blossom necklace emerged as a symbol that is
uniquely Navajo.The necklace's design can be disected into two parts: the squash-blossoms and the Naja.

The Squash Blossoms

The necklace is typically a strand of beads, sometimes two. Interwoven with these silver beads are squash blossoms: silver bead with
an attached silver flower-like blossom. In the language of the Navajo, they are called "yo ne maze disya gi," which is translated into "the beads that spead out." In the squash blossom necklace usually there are five to seven of these on each side.

In many contemporary designs the
concept is used; however, sometimes the actual squash blossom is only in concept. The term "squash blossom" nonetheless refers to the likeness of the bead to an actual squashes blossom. This name denotes Navajo ideaology. However, the designs likeness can be attibuted to the pomegranate's blossom of the Eastern world. Through the Spanish, the Navajo silversmith were acculturated by these subtle influences.Read More...

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