Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Symbolism and Status of Navajo Adornment

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Sandra Charlson

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The practice of class and status is one that affects every civilization in human history. Each community places symbolism in the art of adornment. Navajo jewelry is no different. This paper will focus on the symbols found in Navajo beading, and the status that comes with owning jewelry in the Navajo culture. The traditions of beading is one that is central to the Navajo civilization. They are filled with symbols and motifs that form the very foundation of their culture.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 2:45 PM

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The Symbolism and Status of Navajo Adornment

The South Atrium

The practice of class and status is one that affects every civilization in human history. Each community places symbolism in the art of adornment. Navajo jewelry is no different. This paper will focus on the symbols found in Navajo beading, and the status that comes with owning jewelry in the Navajo culture. The traditions of beading is one that is central to the Navajo civilization. They are filled with symbols and motifs that form the very foundation of their culture.