Southwest Indians - Navajo Arts, Crafts, Jewelry, Baskets Illustration

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Southwest Navajo Indians
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Jewelry: The Navajo are famous for their silverwork, an art they learned from the Spanish. They made belts, necklaces, earrings, and rings from sterling silver.

Ketohs: Ketohs (GAY-toes) are wrist guards worn by Navajo archers. The ketohs protected their arm from the snap of the bowstring, which let them shoot more accurately and for longer periods of time. It was an important tool to an archer. Navajo artists used silver to create decorative ketohs which could be worn by anyone.

Wool Blankets: The Navajo did not weave cotton. They traded for it, but they did not make it. Their weavers used wool.

Their blankets were even more colorful, and the patterns more difficult, than blankets made by the famous Pueblo weavers.

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