Man Hopi jewel
Sterling Silver Ring overlayed with the symbol of the Bear and the Sunrays.
Width 0.8" x 0.5"
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The Hopi reservation is inside the Navajo reservation . First there was one reservation. In 1882 a separate rectangular territory was assigned to the Hopi . However, many Navajos continued to live there. For a long time part of the territory was awarded to a joint management of the Hopi and Navajo (Navajo - Hopi Joint Use Area ) (since 1936). The conflicts that resulted have only been settled in 2009.
The great hunter represents strength and wisdom.The bear is still considered a dignitary.The bear symbolizes protection.The bear is the symbol of brute forces,primitive and obscure. Also, with time,it became the symbol of the awkwardness and ignorance.However,for the northern people,it represents strength and courage.
Some Indians believed that it was possible to draw power from a bear by dreaming of one, by killing and eating part of one or by even touching a bear. These actions made a warrior invincible. Because of the Indians' beliefs that the bear had spiritual power, wearing a bear claw necklace meant protection and good health to the Indian wearing it.The Abenaki tribe believe that the stars of the Big Dipper are the Great Bear (Kchi-awasos). According to Abenaki mythology the Great Bear is chased every night by three hunters. The Great Bear is killed every fall and his blood drips to earth turning the leaves brown but he is reborn every spring.