Native American Navajo Inlaid Starry Nite Yeibichai Pendant

Native American Navajo Inlaid Starry Nite Yeibichai Pendant
Item# IS52218220

Product Description

Native American Navajo Inlaid Starry Nite Yeibichai Pendant
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 are hibernating.

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.