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jade hookSAVE 20% WITH SAVE20 COUPON for this and anything else in the shop. This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. The hei matu, or fish hook, has endured since pre-colonial times (prior to the 18th century) and symbolizes abundance, and a respect for sea. The design represents the special relationship Maori people have with fishing (historically they lived from fisheries and depended on the sea for food gathering) and Tangaroa, god of the sea. Designs range from the ultra-realistic through to more conceptual styles, and wearing one is said to bring good fortune when traveling across oceans.

This beautiful piece measures approx. 45 mm long (approx.. 1 3/4") x approx. 23 mm. (just shy of 1") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.

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Institute of American Indian Arts

One of Santa Fe's 'hidden jewels' is the Institute of American Indian Arts. In addition to incredible contemporary and traditional bead work (including lampwork), the school offers hard-to-find training in leather work, quill work, textiles, drawing, painting, digital art, photography, ceramics/pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and other media. We highly recommend a visit to the Primitive Edge student gallery, where you can find monthly presentations by the artists and curators on the ever-expanding terrain of contemporary Native Art.

We fell in love with some glass beads produced there, and I hope to do an interview with the artist soon to post here. In the meantime, consider getting the latest news via IAIA's web site.

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