Turtle hair jewelry inspired on Native American stories & design

This page shows a small selection of Zhaawano's unique Native American, 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 an image below to select the turtle barrette of your choosing.

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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

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