This necklace is a Santo Domingo Depression Era thunderbird pendant necklace. If you don't know about this style of jewelry, you will be astonished to learn of its increasingly important spot in Native American jewelry making history. From an article about thunderbird jewelry: "Born in the late 1920s, Thunderbird jewelry was partly a response to the increasing cost and scarcity of such traditional materials as shell and jet — and partly a response to seeing the new yet inexpensive Bakelite jewelry worn by so many visitors in the rapidly shrinking Depression-era tourist market. Soon the Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry makers were meshing the nation's oldest native jewelry-making tradition with cheaper alternative materials, including black plastic salvaged from car batteries and 78-rpm vinyl records as well as colored plastic salvaged from hair combs, kitchenware and eating utensils. Since small turquoise chips remained readily available from local mines, the newly created Thunderbird form offered the jewelry makers a way to cut costs dramatically while still retaining one of the signature materials of an age-old tradition. Despite the adoption of new materials — which also included beads made of gypsum rather than shell — and the substitution of the Thunderbird figure for their traditional geometric forms, the conservative Santa Domingo Pueblo jewel makers continued to produce their wares in virtually the same way as before, using the same hand-made tools the culture had known for generations. They made holes with hand drills and punches just as their grandparents had, and they rolled beads into round shapes with stones whose use dated back even further. Duce Cement was the adhesive of choice for many of the families, whose members would cut, then piece their materials together using a variety of distinctive forms and patterns." This piece is all original, and like many necklaces of this era has some condition issues, There is a crack in the red material on the main thunderbird. The cement has yellowed with age and risen to the surface, creating a crackle and grimy finish. This is common among pieces like this. The twine is original and old and stretched. Often these pieces will be restrung and presented for collectors. This piece is all original and not restrung.
The thunderbird measures 1-3/4" wide by 2-1/2" tall, and the necklace is about 24" end to end. There are eight tabs, four on each side. Some of the crushed turquoise may be missing from tabs.
Great collectible piece.
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