This feather and shield necklace was handcrafted by Cochiti Pueblo artist Dominic Arquero. The shield and each feather are handcrafted from rawhide, then hand-painted by Dominic.
Native Americans have a deep connection to, and respect for, the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art.
Eagles are particularly revered for their ability to fly so close to the heavens, carrying the prayers of the people to the spirit world.
Feathers of all birds, and especially eagles, are an iconic design in Native American jewelry and art.
- Feather Necklace handcrafted by Dominic Arquero Cochiti Pueblo
- Necklace measures 25” L. Each feather is 2½" L x 1” W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Hailing from Cochiti Pueblo, Dominic was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and received his formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he majored in two-dimensional arts.
He received his bachelor's degree in visual arts with a minor in political science at the University of Art and Design, and later became an art instructor at schools in Santa Fe and the District of Columbia.
Dominic has participated in many art shows as well as special art exhibitions in Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, California, Arizona, and throughout New Mexico. He has received many top awards since 1975 and has been included in various art publications.
Dominic serves as board member, president, and co-chair on such prestigious organizations as the Santa Fe Council for the Arts and the Native American Artist Association, Inc.
Revered in Pueblo culture, the eagle is the guardian of the sky, a messenger to the spirit world and a powerful symbol of strength and protection. Eagle feathers are often attached to masks, rattles, prayer sticks, and other objects used in traditional ceremonies.
Today there is a vibrant community of Native American jewelers creating contemporary styles that challenge traditional forms, techniques, and materials. Some artists experimented by working in gold, or using gemstones like opals and diamonds that were not typically used in Native American jewelry. Others presented Native American symbols and icons in modern, stylized ways.
Though artists began experimenting in the 1950s and 1960s, it was not until the 1970s that these innovative styles were embraced by the market. Since then, contemporary styles have flourished, bringing Native American jewelry to an international audience. By pushing boundaries, contemporary artists have truly elevated the technical expertise and sophistication of Native American jewelry, bringing it to level of couture fashion and fine art.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer.
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