Woman and Man Hopi jewel
Sterling Silver overlay bracelet with the lightening strength symbol handcrafted by Anderson Koinva
Wrist size 6.6"
Opening 1.1" adjustable
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Making Hopi silver jewelry has been part of Berna and Anderson Koinva life since they were children. Berna's father was Bernard Dawahoya, whose professional silver smith career began in the 1950's. Bernard was an instrumental part of Hopi Craft who were very well know for precise and fine quality jewelry. Anderson Koinva's grandfather was Paul Saufkie. It was Paul Saufkie along with Fred Kaboutie who created the Hopi Silver Overlay style of jewelry. The early bracelets of Paul Saufkie were domed in shape. But with the coming of commercially manufactured jewelry supply store sheet silver, most Hopi silver bracelets became flat, no longer domed. Anderson and Berna Koinva are among the few Hopi silversmiths that continue to hand hammer and dome their bracelets.
The meaning of the Lightning symbol represented lightning which was believed to add power and speed to the warrior. Lightning and the zig-zag symbol, painted in red, is also associated with the legendary Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a powerful spirit in the form of a supernatural bird from which lightning flashed from its beak and its eyes. Lightening represents the punishment of humans from the Gods a sign of a terrible event - refer to the Hopi Prophecy.