Man in the Maze – Native American Handmade Clay Pendant Necklace with Beads

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Handmade in the spiritual heart of New Mexico! The Man in the Maze or Iʼitoi motif is used liberally in the American Southwest, most prominently by Tohono O'odham tribal silversmiths in rings and jewelry and by Pima basketweavers, with whom it has been a very popular pattern since the 1900s. Every basket pattern has a "mistake" called a dau "door" intentionally integrated into its design so that the spirit of the basket can be released. According to the O'odham tribe's oral history, the labyrinth design depicts experiences and choices we make in our journey through life. In the middle of the "maze", a person finds their dreams and goals. When one reaches the center, we have one final opportunity (the last turn in the design) to look back upon our choices and path, before the Sun God greets us, blesses us and passes us into the next world. The symbol represents "the life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is with everything where power moves." – Black Elk, Ogala This piece was hand-crafted with polymer clay and special hand-blended pigments. I was inspired by the bird petroglyphs I often see while exploring the Petroglyph National Monument near my humble little adobe home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pendant Necklace comes with a 27" inch natural waxed black colored cord embellished with handmade indigenous-style Navajo white, earthen brown toned clay beads. Size is approx. 1.25 inches wide by 2 inches tall. Each piece is individually made and no two are ever exactly the same. I strive for consistency on each piece but slight variations in size, shape, and color are inevitable but not by much. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! *Not created by Native Americans.Thanks for Shopping!