This Kewa Thunderbird necklace is a fantastic example of a c. 1930s depression-era necklace made at Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) to sell to tourists along the railroad line. Various plastics such as napkin holders and flatware handles were repurposed and used for the red inlay along with locally-mined Cerrillos turquoise. Gypsum from a nearby mine was used to inlay the pendant and also used to create the white beads. The black back was made from old battery casing. This particular necklace is an excellent example of Kewa artisanship, using inexpensive found materials to create extraordinary work!
Necklace measures approx. 28.5″ L. end to end.
Central Thunderbird pendant measures approx. 2″ L by 2.75″ tall.