TURQUOISE A RARE TREASURE IN ARIZONA'S DESERT-LIKE LANDSCAPE
|Painting by Bahe Whitethorn, a Navajo artist at the Shonto Trading Post in Arizona|
Monoliths may be the most visible of Arizona's famous rocks, but buried deep in what appears to be barren terrain is another rare treasure. Turquoise together with white shell, abalone and jet is also sacred to the Navajo.
|Navajo man wearing a turquoise bracelet in Arizona|
Shepherds in the past believed that turquoise promoted fertility in their herds. A hunter carrying turquoise was assured of a bountiful hunt. If you see a Navajo with a bracelet encrusted with turquoise or wearing turquoise earrings it`s because ancient tradition stipulates that this stone serves as a form of protection.
|Arizona turquoise for protection|
Squash blossom jewellery, beads, rings and bracelets made from turquoise are a fashionable choice for Navajo women.
Posted by Anne Gordon on Monday, 23rd May 2011
Photos copyright Anne Gordon