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This utterly unique necklace is built around a real treasure: an antique enameled copper pendant made by a member of one of the Algonquin-speaking tribes from the Northeastern U.S.* In the shape of a canoe, it depicts a well-known legend of Partridge (actually a grouse or quail), canoe-builder for the birds. The pendant, whose main colors are rust, yellow, dark green, and chartreuse, hangs from a strand of rare primavera stone** pebble nuggets punctuated by African brass rondelles.

I call the necklace "Mitchihess," the Algonquin word for Partridge. It closes with an Israeli-made geometric brass hook-and-eye-clasp and measures 17-3/4". (The canoe measures 1-3/4 x almost 3".)

*The legend comes from Maine's Passamaquoddy, so that's the most likely source of the pendant.

**Primavera stone comes from Arizona and is composed of as many as fifteen different minerals, among them chrysocolla and formacite.

You can find the legend here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ne/al/al63.htm

Native American Legend Necklace with Antique Canoe Pendant

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: copper, enamel, primavera stone, chrysocolla, brass
  • Feedback: 387 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Utah, United States
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