Hopi

Hopi

The Hopi, direct heirs of the Anasazi, are small in number but giants in terms of culture and traditions.

Originally, the Hopi lived on large arid plateaus called Mesas, and they still do today. These territories perched on the tops of canyons were so bare that they protected them from any greed or territorial war. Today, the members of this proud and close-knit tribe live in a handful of villages on a few thousand square meters territory in northern Arizona.

 

The Hopi excel in some essential aspects of native culture:

They have developed advanced agricultural techniques that enable them to grow essential foodstuffs even though their territory is very arid.

Their tribe boosts a very strong spirituality and are particularly known for the Kachina Dancing Ceremonies. The Kachinas are spiritual beings who are either deities or intermediaries between humans and the divine. Kachinas are at the heart of incredible Hopi rituals during which breath-taking choreographies are performed by masked dancers embodying the Kachinas. At Harpo, you will find a selection of statuettes we carefully picked for our “Decoration” category.

In terms of craftsmanship, the Hopi have distinguished themselves for their pottery work, the result of an ancestral meticulous process. This tribe also handles the art of weaving and braiding to perfection.

Finally, the Hopi are known for their superb jewelry techniques, and more particularly for certain processes of which we present unique pieces. It is interesting to note that, while originally in the 1500’s the Hopi made jewelry with mosaics and beads made of wood, shells, seeds or bone, between 1900 and 1940 they learnt the technique with silver, in which they excel today. This success is due to a transmission of knowledge from certain Zuni artists, as well as to a training program set up after the Second World War to train former Hopi soldiers in silversmithing applied to the traditional symbols of this tribe.

 

The Hopi are nowadays concentrating only on working with silver and have developed a specific know-how. HARPO is committed to offering emblematic pieces of modern Hopi jewelry. In our collections, you will find pendants, bracelets, rings and belt buckles made of sterling silver using the overlay process.

Native American silver jewelry made in overlay is composed of two flat pieces of the same size that are nested one on top of the other. The one above is cut out of a pattern and acts as a "stencil". On this side, Hopi artists often represent symbols of their spirituality: for instance a Kachina, a Dawa (Sunface, the Sacred Sun Father, symbol of life) or a Kokopelli (emblematic Native figure that embodies water, music and fertility), among many other Amerindian symbols. This stencil is applied to the piece below, creating a silver background. This background is then oxidized and scraped to create a contrast between the two pieces.

Selection of the month

    • Man Navajo bracelet.
This sterling silver bracelet is hand-stamped and hand-carved in feather shape. 
The feather is symbol of peace and freedom of spirit. 
Wrist size (in inches): 7.6 Width (in mm) : 12mm
This bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Sterling silver Zuni bracelet. 
Cactus Flower set with Sleeping Beauty turquoises (Arizona). This bracelet is handcrafted thanks to the Needle Point process. 
Needle Point: cluster of thinely carved stones. 
Wrist size (in inches) : 6,2Width (in mm) : 40mm
This bracelet is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Sterling silver Zuni bracelet inlaid with Wild Horse stone. 
The handmade Zuni inlay is made of different stones (most often turquoise, coral, mother-of-pearl, black jet), carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. Wrist size (in inches): 69Width (in mm): 9mmThis bracelet is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Woman Liquid Silver necklace with turquoise mix, coral mix and sterling silver tubular beads (Heishi) on nylon string, and with a coral nugget on its center. 
Liquid silver is a traditionnal Navajo work. Tubular beads (called heishi) are hand-strung together in order to create one or several strands. This gives a fluid aspect to the jewel, that makes think to silk or water running on the skin, explaining why the Navajos gave this name to this process. 
Setting and clasp in sterling silver. 
Length in inches: 16
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Woman Fetishes necklace. Animals carved in turquoise on a Heishi shell beads string. Main pendant representing an eagle, incarnation of divine power. 
Necklace length (in inches): 27.5Size of the centrale pendant (H x L in mm) : 42mm x 51mmClasp in sterling silver. 
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters couldn't do with these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul. Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
    • Unisex Navajo necklace in sterling silver. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver.
The setting of this ring is smooth and refined in order to highlight this beautiful turquoise. Size of the stone (HxL in mm) : 14mm x 10mm
This ring is in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Man One of a Kind piece 
Navajo ring with a Kingman turquoise (Arizona) set in sterling silver. 
This designer ring is representative of Navajo silversmithing: the darker tone on the below part is due to the oxydation of the silver and the setting is adorned by two wire shape pieces that remind a rope and represent the fact Navajos consider the stone needs to be tame as a wild animal. Dimensions of the stone in mm (HxL) : 23mm x 17mm
This ring is made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 
If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Woman Navajo ring. Sleeping Beauty turquoise (Arizona) set in a sterling silver arrow spiral. 
The arrow is symbol of protection. Width : 20mm
This ring is made in Sterling Silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. If you don't find this ring in your size, please contact us, we may have it in stock.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece.
Bear carved in chrysocolla with his eyes in Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
We can see three arrows on this fetish, that go from its mouth to its heart. These arrows represent the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The bear symbolizes strength, health and knowledge. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm:
39mm x 52mm x 18mm
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni Fetish. Unique piece.  
Buffalo carved in gorgone with Sleeping Beauty turquoise eyes. 
We can see an arrow on this fetish, that goes from its mouth to its heart. This arrow represents the line of life: The animal's breath, allowing it to dominate and master its prey.
The buffalo symbolizes plentiness, endurance, and fulfill wishes. 
Dimensions (H x L x l) in mm = 26 x 40 x 11
In a time when the Zuni tribe lived from agriculture and hunting, the hunters could'nt do without these amulets and would never forget to bring them during their expeditions. The fetishes assure benevolence of the soul.Each animal represents its spirit, its own inner force and protects its owner.
Proudly handmade in USA.
    • Unisex Zuni fetish. Unique piece. 
    • Unisex Hatband with 10 conchas and 11 butterflies in Sterling Silver attached with copper grips on the back. Belt in genuine brown cow leather. 
    • Unisex 100% silk scarf, limited edition. 
    • Man One of a Kind piece - Navajo handcraft
Inlaid silver and lapis-lazuli cufflinks. 
The handmade inlay is a gathering of genuine stones, carved and put together in order to create a thin geometrical pattern. The piece is then polished in order to give a smooth and elegant finish to the jewel. 
Diameter: 15mm
These cufflinks are made in sterling silver. 
Proudly handmade in USA. 

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