Turtle hair jewelry inspired by Native American stories & design

This page shows a small selection of Zhaawano's unique Anshinaabe-inspired turtle hair barrettes, designed and handcrafted in his studio in silver, gold, turquoise stones, and red coral. Although Zhaawano fashions all of his pieces around the traditional stories of the Ojibwe Anishinaabeg from the North American Great Lakes area, his hand-hammered hair slides can also be traced to Native American design from the Four Corners area in the American Southwest. His expert silversmithing techniques of stampwork and stone setting, respectively overlay, were respectfully borrowed from the Dine' (Navajo) and their neighbours, the Hopi. Please click on the red buttons below to select the turtle barrette of your choosing.

 

 

 

 

Turtle and Bear

 

 

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A designer turtle hair barrette of sterling silver and 14K gold featuring a stylized bear paw. See details

 

 

 

 

Read the story

Mikinaak Nagamon (Turtle Song)

 

Ogidibiig babaamaashiyaan
Babaa-waabandamaan Aki
Mikinaak ninga-wiijiiwaa
Andone'waad Anishinaabe.

 

Ogidibiig babaamaashiyaan
Babaa-waabandamaan Aki
Manidoo ninga-wiijiiwaa
Nanaandawi'aad Anishinaabe.

 

Over the waters I fly about
I search the World
With the Turtle I shall go
He searches for them, the Anishinaabe.

 

Over the waters I fly about
I search the World
With the Great Mystery I shall go
He heals them, the Anishinaabe.

 

-  Anishinaabe Ogichidaa (Warrior) Sun Dance song

 

Illustration: Mishi-makinaak, the Great Sea Turtle, line art by Zhaawano Giizhik

> Read the story of the Great Sea Turtle

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