Approx size Length 3.25" x Width 1.50"
Comes with Leather Braided Neck Piece.
Fabulous multi-gem inlaid pendant, with a starry night and yei design.
Native American made by Navajo artist Silversmith Martinez.
Stamp with M
The pendant is inlaid with a multitude of semi-precious stones - there is a colorful yeibichai against a starry night sky. The black night sky is inlaid with small dots of sterling silver, which look like stars
About the Navajo Yeibichai Spiritual Meaning
The Navajo are a deeply spiritual people. Thus, many
acts of their lives contain a sacred dimension and
these acts must be performed in a specific way to
maintain the balance and the harmony between the self
and the other elements of a complex universe. The
universe includes animals, plants, weather, natural
earth formations, and celestial objects besides
people. The universe includes other beings and
divinities, generally known as the Holy People.
The Holy People came to the surface of the earth from
its various depths and they reshaped the surface to
make it suitable for living beings. Later, the Navajo
were created in the image of the Holy People, and were
taught a code of behavior and survival skills to allow
them to live in harmony with the rest of the universe.
The Navajo learned that harmony brings about health,
beauty and other blessings. The disruption of harmony
causes a large range of illness: mental, physical,
emotional and spiritual. In order to reverse
disruption and reestablish harmony, there is an
elaborate system of ceremonies closely supervised by
trained medicine men.
The Nightway ceremony is a major curative ceremony
which restores harmony. It invokes the Yeis, a
special category of Holy People who are inclined to
help the Navajo. A nine day ceremony, it is
performed during the cold months when there is no
chance of being hit by lightning and when the snakes
During ceremony, a team will be composed of fourteen
dancers: the leader Yeibichai - the Talking God, six
male dancers, six women dancers, and finally, the
Water Sprinkler - the God of Precipitated Waters. On
the final night, teams of dancers appear in public in
what is referred to as the Yeibichai Dance until just
before dawn. The ceremony ends with the chanting of
the "Bluebird Song" which celebrates the happiness
and the peace that the bluebird symbolizes.
The Yeibichai weavings are highly individual,
therefore, elements of the following may be found in
the individual textiles.